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The Ryokan Collection
Matsumoto, one of the oldest Castle City
and enjoy relaxing and luxurious time in the valley of Yatsugatake

March 4th 2019, Tokyo Japan
Matsumoto Castle
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Visit Matsumoto The Official Travel Guide of Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Matsumoto Castle is one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan. Construction began in 1592 of the elegant black and white structure with its three turrets. Because of the elegant black walls, Matsumoto Castle is sometimes called ‘Crow Castle’. Inside the castle are steep stairs and low ceilings leading past displays of armor and weapons from the Sengoku Period (Warring States Period) when the castle was built. The narrow wooden windows, once used by archers and gunmen, provide amazing views of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto City and the koi and swans circling in the moat below.
The castle is beautifully illuminated in the evening. It’s a breathtaking scenery while the cherry blossoms are in bloom.
Matsumoto Bon-Bon
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What’s ‘Bon-Bon’ and why’s the whole city dancing in the street…? You need to see it to believe it! Feel the heat in the street, as Matsumoto’s unique Bon-Bon Festival captures the town for one exciting evening every summer. It’s part parade, part dance, part party, and part carnival as each group sports its own costume and parades through the downtown streets while dancing to the catchy Matsumoto Bon-Bon tune.
Soba (Buckwheat Noodles)
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One of the Japanese traditional and beloved local food, “Soba”. Nagano is the heartland of soba, the Japanese buckwheat noodle. Soba has a certain mystique about it and the simple preparations—often just broth and chopped tips of a green onion—highlight its subtle flavor. If you can find a restaurant that lets you watch the actual noodle-making process, be prepared to see some precision knife work by practiced hands.
Nestled within a deep valley and surrounded by the mountains of the Yatsugatake National Park you will find Myojinkan Ryokan. While Myojinkan is only a 30-minute drive from the famous castle town of Matsumoto, one feels much more distant from the city here. The narrow, winding road to Myojinkan passes rice paddies, vegetable fields, and gives way to the verdant tree covered mountains of one of Japan's most beautiful protected forests.Guests may feel a world away during their time at Myojinkan, but the experience here is world class.

At an elevation of more than 1000 meters (3000 feet) summers at Myojinkan are cool and comfortable, and in wintertime snow envelops the property and surrounding mountains. Autumn is crisp, the air clear, and the colors of the fall foliage vibrant. Guests may wish to explore the nearby footpaths in search of the local mountain shrine, savor the scent of the pine and cedar forest, and discover the natural beauty of Japan that eludes the traveler who has little opportunity to venture from Japan's cities.

Established in 1931 as a small mountain inn, Myojinkan has emerged as one of Nagano Prefecture's premier resorts. Befitting an inn surrounded by a national park, the people of Myojinkan believe in a way of life that is in harmony with nature.

Myojinkan maintains its own organic farm near the ryokan grounds, where vegetables and rice are grown and harvested for use in Myojinkan's organic kitchen. Here the air is fresh, the scenery natural and untouched, and the cuisine is truly memorable.
Public Bath Setsugakka (standing)
The setsugekka bath is a one of a kind experience. The soothing effects of the natural hot springs water are enhanced by the visual expanse before the eyes of the bather. A think forest of conifers and deciduous trees seems to meld with the bath itself. This is an open air bath with no windows to separate one from the beautiful panorama that surrounds this open air bath. Setsugekka is open 24 hours, so chances are you will savor this experience with only the forest, moon and stars above.
Aroma Therapy Salon
Myojinkan`s full service day spa features professional massage and aromatherapy treatments. Therapists specialize in natural massage and aromatherapy techniques designed to return the body to its natural state of balance, ideal for those seeking a repose from the stress of city life.
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