|Structure||5 levels, 6 stories|
|Admin's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Historical Site||National Historic Site|
|Historical Value||Top 100 Castles, National Treasures|
tenshu, Inui Kotenshu, Watariyagura, Tsukimi Yagura, Tatsumi Tsukiyagura
|Location||Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture|
|Access||Matsumoto Station, 15 minute walk|
|Website||Matsumoto Welcomes You|
|Visited||August 1992; May 13, 2002; April 11, 2009|
|Notes||This was the first large castle and first original extant castle I ever visited. I was so impressed it sparked my future interest in castles.|
Next to Himeji-jo, Matsumoto-jo is the next best extant castle main keep in Japan. Built by Ishikawa Kazumasa and his son Yasunaga in 1590, Matsumoto-jo is designated a National Treasure. After Hideyoshi took Odawara he stationed Ishikawa Kazumasa in Matsumoto to govern his eastern provinces.
The history of Matsumoto-jo actually begins with a castle called Fukashi-jo which was built by Shimadachi Sadanaga in 1504. That castle was attacked and captured by Takeda Shingen in 1550.