Day 4 - Matsumoto Castle & Battle of Kawanakajima - Japan 2019

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Day 4 - Matsumoto and Kawamkajima
Monday was wet and cloudy.

Our first stop was Matsumoto Castle followed by a brief stop for lunch. Matsumoto Castle is one of the top castles in Japan. Although all the perimeter walls and buildings are lost, the central keep is original and magnificent. The black tar covering gives the castle its common name, Crow Castle.

We then went to the Kawanakajima battlefield. There were five battles in this area arising from the rivalry between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin, 1553 - 1564.

The last stop was Matsushiro Castle. Unfortunately it was closed by the time we got there.
Matsumoto Castle, exterior.
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Matsumoto Castle, interior and views.
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Matsumoto Castle, exhibits.
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Matsumoto Castle - view of the palace area.
Matsumoto Castle - view of the palace area.
Matsumoto Castle
Dr Stephen Turnbull and others of our group.
At a lunch stop near Nagano we saw a lot of repair vehicles and crews.
Repair vehicles.
The City Museum.
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Kawakajima battle memorials.
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The Chikumagawa River and grave of Yamamoto Kansuke. The flood plain along the Chikumagawa River had been devastated by the floods. From debris left in the trees, the area where Yamamoto Kansuke's grave stood had been flooded to above head height.
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The Temple of Tenkyuji and Takeda Nobushige's grave
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Matsushiro Castle.
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Isakaya in Nagano for dinner.
Isakaya in Nagano for dinner.
Text and photos copyright John Haines 2015-19.
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