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Matsumoto Castle

By Tim-Wilko
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Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, Japan.

By sheer luck I happened to be in Matsumoto at the start of the week long Evening Cherry Blossom Festival (夜桜会). I thought I would be far too early for cherry blossom but I hit it right in full-bloom.

The illuminated room on the left is the "moon viewing wing". During the festival traditional Japanese musicians perform inside. This evening it was raining so they didn't have much of an audience. I enjoyed it though!
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Date Taken
Apr 11, 2010, 8:32:15 PM
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Innoc3nce's avatar
I have always wanted to go to Japan<3 One day I have a plan of going there, I think Japan is so beautiful<3 Nice work!
Tim-Wilko's avatar
I hope you can! It's not so difficult or expensive to visit as some people think.
Innoc3nce's avatar
I looked up how much it would cost to just be there for a couple months, and he said over $9000! I thought that was crazy....but maybe he's wrong, Idk I have to try :D
Tim-Wilko's avatar
The flight could cost up to $1000, but $4000 dollars a month on living expenses!? I wouldn't be able to live here if that was true. I'd say $3000 dollars max, but you can do it for less if you budget and know where to eat. Couch surfing helps too.
Innoc3nce's avatar
That helps a lot! When that guy said about $9000 It really made me think I was never going to be able to get there...But thanks a lot!
Nebride7's avatar
This is beautiful! I love how the cherry trees have been highlighted. They appear to be glowing from withing. And the castle is astonishing.
AlanJunior's avatar
That's really really beautiful.
figjamplay's avatar
wow indescribably beautiful
vorador1980's avatar
A perfect place.
neb11's avatar
very nice shot :)
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edgaralmeida's avatar
Great night shot... :+fav:
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heeeeman's avatar
I love this place. I never managed to see it during anything other than winter though.
Tim-Wilko's avatar
It's great huh?

I've been meaning to visit since I saw your pictures of it over two years ago (before I moved to Japan). Finally got round to it!

If you come again I'd recommend trying to make your visit coincide with this festival. The atmosphere created by the music, lights and cherry blossoms was amazing.

I'll be posting other shots of it later (including a bridge shot obviouly ;)).
heeeeman's avatar
Oh yeah, I'd love to. Cant see myself going any time soon, but never know the future.
draconis42's avatar
absolutely stunning photo
Nightcitylights's avatar
Wonderful shot! Wish I visit this place one day :)
Tim-Wilko's avatar
Please do!

It's about two and a half hours from Tokyo.
Nightcitylights's avatar
And Tokyo is about 10 hours flight from Moscow where I live :D
I will as soon as I have chance to visit Japan :)
Tim-Wilko's avatar
Russia sure is a big country huh?

Russia borders Japan yet you are still 10 hours away!
mark-kawaguchi's avatar
I wish I could travel around more & see stuff. Nice shot. The terrace is nice.
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