COST BY AGE GROUP:$60 • 16 & Up$50 • 6–15$30 • 4–5$30 • 3 & Under if a seat is neededITINERARY:Depart 7
COST BY AGE GROUP: $60 • 16 & Up $50 • 6–15 $30 • 4–5 $30 • 3 & Under if a seat is needed ITINERARY: Depart 7 a.m. Museum 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Matsumoto 1–4 p.m. Return 7:30 p.m. Tour includes bus transportation, castle and museum admissions.
Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto Jo) is designated as one of the National Treasures of Japan and is the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. Construction began in 1592, and once finished, the black and white castle was fixed with three turrets. Occasionally known as “Crow Castle” because of its elegant black roof, the inside is home to steep stairs and low ceilings. As you journey through the structure, you’ll find displays of armor and weapons from the Sengoku (Warring States) Period. The narrow wooden windows, once used by archers and gunmen, provide amazing views of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto City and the koi and swans circling in the moat below. Ukiyo-e Museum is an ultramodern building housing the private art collection of the Sakai family and is one of the best museums of woodblock prints in Japan. With more than 100,000 prints, it’s believed to be the largest collection of its kind in the world and includes representative masterpieces of all known Ukiyo-e artists.
The Matsumoto Open Air Architectural Museum is a collective of government buildings from the Edo through late Showa Period. The main building is the former Nagano District Court building, which was built in 1908 and was cautiously and meticulously transferred to its current location. Other buildings include the Showa Kogyo Silk Factory, Matsumoto Juvenile Correctional Facility and more.