Matsushiro

Matsushiro, Nagano: Address, Phone Number, Matsushiro Reviews: 4.5/5

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Maria ‘Bing’ Reid
New York City, NY1 044 contributions
Authentic Edo Period castle
Jul 2019
It has a moat and a bridge to go over. The space inside the protected area is big. We were not able to see inside.

I was told this is where they filmed a TV show.
Written 22 July 2019
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Shinmyoken
78 contributions
Samurai trip
Jun 2018
Sanada House, Bunbu Gakko Sanada, Treasure Museum, Old Samurai houses in a splendid little town surrounded by forest mountains. We will come back next time for the rest of the town that we did not visit, because of the menacing cloudy sky.
Written 12 July 2018
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Sue B
Queensland, Australia33 contributions
Day trip from Nagano
Mar 2018
30 minutes by bus to old railway station, which is next to castle ruins. We also visited Yazawa family gate, Sanada residence Bunbu (samurai) school, Sanada treasures museum and the Bell tower. Limited information in English to explain sites so make sure to visit Tourist Info Centre in Nagano beforehand to pick up an English map.
Written 6 May 2018
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serenity_x78
Sg21 contributions
Lovely town during early spring
Apr 2018 • Couples
Historical town with various attractions to spend the whole day exploring on foot. Yes, on foot exploration is the best despite the distance.
Take a bus from Nagano station (bus 30 for Matsushiro). It’s more worth to buy a day pass from Nagano bus station for JPY1300 which covers Zenkoji and Matsushiro. The bus ride is about 30 min. Alight at Matsushiro Eki stop and adventure starts.
For myself, I started exploring in anti clockwise direction. Visited the Sanada Residence first and continued on various former residences of samurai families. Along the way we stopped by Zouzan Jinja which housed a museum of interesting artifacts. Did walk a while to Chokokuji which houses the mausoleum of Sanada Nobuyuki and other subsequent generation of Sanada which ruled in Matsushiro. Ended the whole afternoon walk with Sanada Museum and Matsushiro Castle.
Along the way we spotted different eras of buildings and the historical sides of this ancient castle town. Highly recommend to visit the attractions as listed in the pamphlet.
My second time in Matsushiro and I will definitely be back again.
Written 18 April 2018
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DAVID V
Bangkok, Thailand551 contributions
Really nice town
Dec 2016 • Couples
What's not to like in this small town?! Its nestled close up to the mountains, has an interesting partly reconstructed castle park and just by the castle park a really good Samurai district with a number of fascinating period houses and compounds as well as a good museum (treasure house its called) in the main street there is a bakery to die for! I couldn't find the wartime tunnels which was a shame but really this is a lovely spot for a half day visit.
Written 23 December 2016
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travelling2day
roadtrip682 contributions
Many things to see
Apr 2016 • Solo
From JR station take bus # 3. You can get all the info, maps and instructions from the tourist station in Nagano....and quite a bit of info at the tourist center at Matsushiro. I spent 4 hours here, lots of different sites to see. Highly recommended.
Written 26 June 2016
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Simone R
Melbourne, Australia1 581 contributions
Small samurai town in Nagano
Feb 2016 • Couples
These days Matsushiro is pretty much a suburb of Nagano, but it was once a great castle town. We spent a nice couple of hours here visiting the museum, the military school and one of the former samurai residences. Were we not so tired from previous day's sightseeing we would have spent another hour or so here exploring more streets and buildings. Lots of interesting remnants of the Sanada clan remain here.

Matsushiro is easy to get to from Nagano station. Take the bus from bus stop 3, and get off at Matsushiro station (trains no longer go here, so you can only get there by bus). From there it's a short walk to the sights.
Written 17 March 2016
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Becky-san2014
Ogawa-machi, Japan73 contributions
Go in October if you can
Nov 2014 • Family
. . . . worth seeing for several reasons. One is the surprisingly-large and extensive tunnel complex carved by forced laborers out of the mountainside that were intended to house communication systems during the war. A sobering sight.

Another is the excellent Sanada Clan Museum which houses many of the elegant possessions of the warlord who once ruled the town. When I was there last there wasn't a lot of English explanation, but that may have changed. Nearby is a former military training school for the sons of local samurai. There are other smaller museums as well.

The castle is not, in and of itself, worth seeing -- all that remains is ruins of the castle walls with a nice panoramic view.

HOWEVER, once a year, usually the second weekend in October, they hold the Sanada Jumangoku Matsuri. This is a costume parade with citizens dressed up in period attire to reenact one of the compulsory trips that, back in the Edo Period, all lords and their retinues had to make to Tokyo (called "Edo" back then). It's accessible and small-scale, but the costumes are authentic and it's all very photogenic.
It's very worth seeing as the participants and spectators are right next to each other and the paraders are happy to pose for photos.

The best way to get there is by bus which leaves, not from Nagano Station, but from the side of Monzen Plaza, which houses a supermarket oddly called "Tomato" and kitty-corner from Toigo Plaza where a MosBurger serves as a landmark. It's a few blocks' walk away from the station, but is easy to find.

Matsushiro is a small, sleepy town where most things are within easy walk of each other, though a taxi is advisable for the tunnels. (They're a little bit far and hard to find.) This town is worth a visit!
Written 6 October 2015
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josanpu
Bellingham, WA488 contributions
Interesting place in Nagano
Mar 2015
People are friendly and helpful. Old-world charm present in the character of the surroundings. I enjoyed it!
Written 30 September 2015
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DAVID V
Bangkok, Thailand551 contributions
Really nice little town
Mar 2015 • Couples
Easy to get to outside of Nagano, remains of the castle and about 6 old Samurai houses, its a great half day side trip
Written 3 April 2015
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