Matsumoto Castle

The keep
Matsumoto Castle in winter
The keep, leaning, prior to 1904
The keep
The exterior of the castle c.1910
Kuromon (Black Gate)
Kuromon (Black Gate) different view
Inside Matsumoto castle
Window for firing bows
Matsumoto Castle Keep Tower as seen from inside the main enclosure.
The keep and the moat.
Castle as seen from the bridge.
Castle view from the main gate.
View of illuminated Matsumoto Castle

One of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji and Kumamoto.

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Kumamoto Castle

Hilltop Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Kumamoto, in Kumamoto Prefecture.

One of the turrets damaged by the earthquakes
Castle in 1871–1874.
Castle in 1874.
Castle before 1902.
Model of the castle and city in the Edo period.
The steep stone walls.
Uto yagura
Honmaru Palace of Kumamoto Castle as seen from the Tenshu.
Regular cultural performances in front of the main castle.
Castle and City Tram

Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three premier castles in Japan, along with Himeji Castle and Matsumoto Castle.

Matsumoto Domain

Feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan.

Matsumoto Castle, administrative headquarters of Matsumoto Domain

The domain was centered at Matsumoto Castle, located in what is the city of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture.

Himeji Castle

Hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of Himeji which is located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan.

Himeji Castle in May 2015 after the five-year renovation of the roof and walls
Front view of the castle complex
A 1761 depiction of the castle complex
The "Three Country Moat" in the centre of the castle complex
A depiction of the intricate castle complex
The family crest of Ikeda Terumasa
Weapon racks inside the keep
Defensive loopholes
Angled chutes or "stone drop windows"
"Diamond Gate", the first of the castle's 21 remaining gates
Okiku's Well
Keshō yagura (Dressing Tower) attributed to Senhime as part of her private chambers
A panoramic view of the castle grounds, with Himeji city in the background
The castle's keeps and city as seen from Engyō-ji
The castle complex as seen from the west
Keeps and bridge as seen from the entrance
A view of Keeps and the lush castle grounds below
Keeps as seen from the grounds below
One of the steep, narrow walkways controlling access to the castle
One of the steep castle walls
Himeji castle as seen from the princess quarters
The keep as seen from within the {{nihongo|inner circle|本丸|honmaru}}
{{nihongo|Curved gables|千鳥破風|chidori hafu}}
Detail of keep
Himeji Castle view from below in May 2017
Castle walls and rooftops
East tower and corridors
The castle rooftops and surrounding city
Part of the intricate castle complex
A mythical tiger-headed fish called shachi (鯱). This motif was used atop the castle towers as a talisman for fire prevention.
A {{nihongo|stone drop window|石落窓|ishi-otoshi-mado}}
A window for an archer or defender using a Matchlock
An interior room with Tatami mats
A hallway
Castle windows
Taken at Three Country Moats
Sakura at Himeji Castle
Taken at Himeji City Zoo
Taken from the south
Temporary cover and gantry
Temporary cover
Different stages of applying plaster to the roof tiles. The plaster protects the roof from water ingress, and stops the tiles being dislodged by typhoon winds.
Roof structure underneath the tiles
View of the keep roof nearing completion, taken from the public view gallery.
Bodhidharma.
Samurai.
A fish.

Along with Matsumoto Castle and Kumamoto Castle, Himeji Castle is considered one of Japan's three premier castles.

Matsumoto, Nagano

City located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Buildings near Matsumoto Station
Matsumoto City Hall
Four Pillars Shrine
Kaichi School
Garden in former Matsumoto High School (present day of Shinshu University)
Matsumoto Alwin football stadium
View of downtown Matsumoto from Mount Koubou
Kappa Bridge in Kamikōchi
Matsumoto City Museum of Art
Matsumoto Ukiyoe Museum
Azusa River in Kamikōchi
Taisho Pond in Kamikōchi

Matsumoto Castle, built more than 400 years ago. It is a Japanese National Treasure

National Treasure (Japan)

Some of the National Treasures of Japan

Okakura Kakuzō
First of the scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans owned by Kōzan-ji
In 1931, Himeji Castle became a National Treasure under the National Treasures Preservation Law of 1929.
Kon-dō and five-storied pagoda at Hōryū-ji, two of the world's oldest wooden structures, dating to around 700
Lacquer toiletry case with cart wheels in stream design.
The Akasaka Palace is the only National Treasure in the category of modern residences (Meiji period and later).
Priest Mongaku's 45-article rules and regulations, a National Treasure in the category ancient documents.
Designation Procedure
Matsumoto Castle
Ninomaru Palace at Nijō Castle
Worship hall (haiden) of Ujigami Shrine
Great Buddha Hall (Daibutsuden) at Tōdai-ji
Auditorium of the former Shizutani School
Testament of Emperor Go-Uda with handprints.
Suda Hachiman Shrine Mirror
Katana with a gold inlay inscription by Masamune.
Buddhist ritual gong with peacock relief
Hasekura Tsunenaga in prayer
Raijin (Thunder god) and Fūjin (Wind god) folding screen by Tawaraya Sōtatsu
Amida Nyorai, the principal image in the Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in and only extant work by Jōchō
Akihagi-jō attributed to Ono no Michikaze
The Protection of Cultural Properties logo in the shape of a tokyō (斗きょう), a type of entablature found in Japanese architecture.
Hōryū-ji's Shakyamuni Triad is a work of Tori Busshi.
Collection of 36 poems by Emperor Go-Nara

The category "castles" (城郭) includes nine designated National Treasures located at five sites (Himeji Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Inuyama Castle, Hikone Castle, and Matsue Castle) and comprises eighteen structures such as donjons, watch towers, and connecting galleries.

Ogasawara clan

Japanese samurai clan descended from the Seiwa Genji.

In 1601, Ieyasu transferred Hidemasa to Iida Domain (50,000 koku) in Shinano; then, in 1613, he was able to return to the home of his forebears, Fukashi Castle (80,000 koku), now known as Matsumoto Castle.

Japanese castle

Japanese castles (城) are fortresses constructed primarily of wood and stone.

Himeji Castle, a World Heritage Site in Hyōgo Prefecture, is the most visited castle in Japan.
Tsuyama Castle was a typical hilltop castle.
The reconstructed western gate of Ki castle.
Nagoya Castle
Osaka Castle
The Ninomaru Garden at Nijō Castle in Kyoto is attributed to Kobori Enshū.
Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture, a National Treasure.
The star shaped fortress of Goryōkaku
Shuri Castle
Earthen ramparts around the main courtyard at the site of Nirengi Castle
Foundation of the Hikone Castle
The steep stone walls beneath Kumamoto Castle are known as musha-gaeshi (武者返し, "repelling warriors").
A hanging scroll painting of Himeji Castle, giving some indication of the overall layout of the castle, and the complex arrangement of walls and paths that would present a considerable obstacle to an invading army.
Layout of Utsunomiya Castle, c. Edo period
A yagura, or turret, at Edo Castle in Tokyo.
Reconstructed Kokura Castle from the nearby Japanese garden.
Aerial view of Edo Castle—today the location of Tokyo Imperial Palace
Aerial view of Sunpu Castle
Aerial view of Nagoya Castle
Aerial view of Fukuoka Castle
Aerial view of Hirosaki Castle
Aerial view of Hirado Castle
Aerial view of Takamatsu Castle (Sanuki), with superimposed lines representing the original castle

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Nagano Prefecture

Landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshū.

Sunpro Alwin in Matsumoto.

Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's national treasures

Siege of Fukashi

Matsumoto Castle, which stands on the site of the earlier Fukashi Castle

The 1550 siege of Fukashi was one of a series of battles waged by Takeda Shingen in his long campaign to conquer Shinano province, which was ruled by a number of minor daimyō, notably the Suwa, Ogasawara, Murakami clan and Takato.

Tada Kasuke

Japanese farmer who led a failed appeal for lowered taxes in Azumidaira, a part of the Matsumoto Domain under the control of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Tada Kasuke's statue (replica)
The Tada homestead, a cultural asset of Nagano
Tada Kasuke's severed head is buried here.
Tada Kasuke's gravestone
The stone pagoda in Niré commemorating the 50th anniversary of the uprising
Jōkyō Gimin shrine

On October 14, they hand delivered the letter to the magistrate’s office outside Matsumoto Castle.