Matsushiro Castle 松代城
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles|
|Location||Nagano City, Nagano Pref.|
|Access||Nagano Sta.; 30 min. bus for Matsushiro.|
|Website||Sanada Treasures Museum|
|Visited||October 16, 2008; December 3, 2016|
|Visitor Info.||Castle Park is open 9am-5pm; free admission. The Sanada treasures museum is 300 yen, Sanada Palace 200 yen and a ticket to both of them plus the Martial and Literary Arts museum is 500 yen | Time Required: 45 mins|
|Notes||The castle itself is probably 3 stars. It's worth visiting for the well preserved stone walls and reconstructed gates. Including the castle town and all the samurai homes I would rate this a 5 star destination. The Yokota Residence is one of the best preserved samurai homes in Japan. The Higuchi and Maejima residences also preserve the entire layout of the samurai home including gates, storehouses and gardens. It is rare enough to have one such place much less to have several in one town. The Sanada Palace and grounds likewise are a treasure with several buildings also preserved. You could easily spend the whole day in Matsushiro. I recommend renting a bicycle and tour around to not only the samurai homes but the Chokokuji Temple, Bell Tower, school and merchant homes too. If you rent an electric bicycle or took the bus you could probably visit the Kawanakajima Battlefield as well but I doubt you'd have time for everything in Matsushiro too. Including the battlefield I spent a full day here and had to rush the museum and Sanada Palace before they closed and still did not see some of the town that I would have liked to even on my own bicycle. Matsushiro is also somewhat remote with few high buildings or significant urbanization to help it preserve the rustic Edo Period atmosphere.|
|History||Takeda Shingen built the first castle on this site around 1560 as he battled with Uesugi Kenshin for control of the northern Shinano area. It was called Kaizu-jo and is the site of the famous Battle of Kawanakajima. After Shingen's death, lordship of the castle changed hands several times until 1622 when Sanada Nobuyuki became lord. Sanada Yukimichi, the third generation of Sanada lords, changed the name to Matsushiro Castle. The castle buildings were dismantled during the Meiji Period so there are no original structures left. The gates and walls you see today have been reconstructed faithfully using techniques and styles appropriate for the time and location.|
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Nagano City, Nagano Pref.