The Northernmost castle town in Japan Matsumae The temple town with the Edo atmosphere and the Matsumae Clan House
Matsumae is in the southernmost of Hokkaido, and it was prospered as the central town of politics, finance,
Matsumae Town is an only castle town in Hokkaido, and also a temple town.
It made a history with
Matsumae-jo Castle was built in 1854, and it’s the last castle building in Japan.
Now, Inside of the burnt and rebuilt castle tower is a museum, and you can see exhibited rare documents.
The north side of the castle is a temple town with rich nature.
Though most things were burnt by Boshin War, five temples are still remaining.
Big trees are around there, and you’ll feel nostalgic by warm sunshine on stone walls and stone pavements.
With Matsumae-jo Castle, you should visit a theme park “Matsumae Clan House”, that fourteen revived buildings
like a magistrate’s office, a merchant house, a samurai residence, and so on.
When you step into there, it’s Matsumae Clan in the Edo Period.
You can see the former situation by a historical wholesale store’s appearance, the tatami in a merchant house, small Japanese rooms in houses, and so on.
It’s an interesting place that is able to see a former life, how people lived in this northern land in the Edo Period.
From the end of April, Matsumae Town will be the best season of cherry blossoms.
Also Matsumae-jo Caslte is known as a good spot of cherry blossoms, and 10,000 cherry blossom trees will decorate there soon.
Source of photos;https://4travel.jp/travelogue/10710212