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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