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Sunday Snapshot: Matsumoto Castle

Posted By in Japan, Travel Photography | 5 comments

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Built in the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is one of only a handful of original castles remaining in Japan. According to legend, the castle owes its longevity to a shrine on its top floor, which is dedicated to the god of 26 nights. The god supposedly appeared to one of the castle guards in 1618, and promised to protect the castle if she was enshrined with 500 kg of rice on the 26th of every month. The lighting was particularly beautiful when we checked out the castle, casting a perfect reflection of the tower in the water surrounding it.

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    • waysofwanderers December 19, 2013

      Agreed! I wish I could see it in the spring with the cherry blossoms, but it's actually kind of quiet in the winter, which is quite nice.

    • waysofwanderers December 15, 2013

      There's actually a light display at night, so it's very pretty! It's also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring.

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