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Chūbu Region

Nagano

Matsumoto

Matsumoto

Matsumoto, located in the center of Nagano and known as the gate to the Northern Alps' climbing routes, prospered as a castle town at the foot of Matsumoto Castle.

The castle's tower, a 5-story, 6-layer tower built in the Bunroku Period (1593-1594) is Japan's oldest existing castle tower and is designated as a national treasure.

In summer, the Taiko (Japanese drum) Festival and the Takigi-Noh (Noh play under torchlight) are held at the castle and attract many visitors.

The view of the Northern Alps from the large, green Shiroyama Park, at an altitude of 800 meters, is beautiful, and the park is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.