Sunday Snapshot: Matsumoto Castle

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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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Jessica Dawdy is a Canadian freelance writer who is slowly working her way around the world. She has lived in seven different countries across Europe and Asia, feeding her ever-expanding appetite for food, culture and languages.

5 Responses to Sunday Snapshot: Matsumoto Castle

  1. japanaustralia December 15, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Matsumoto Castle is one of my favourite castles in Japan and is just stunning all year round. We visited again this summer and I still get a big thrill from visiting even though I've been here quite a few times now.
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  2. Agness December 15, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Wow, it's giant and so beautiful! I wonder how it looks like at night!
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  3. cvail December 17, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Love the shot, especially because it is reflected. I love Japan!
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