A few days after Christmas, we packed up our car and headed north to see Matsumoto Castle and the Nagano snow monkeys. It was a quick trip; we went for two days and rented a tiny Airbnb apartment (for $50!!!) that was about a mile away from the castle to stay in for the night.
Matsumoto Castle is stunning! As we drove up to it, I felt like we had gone back in time. It is still in incredible condition and the grounds surrounding it are beautiful.
We spent the afternoon touring the castle and the grounds before heading into the city center to eat dinner. We found a delicious restaurant and then headed back to our cozy (but cold) apartment to set up our futons and get some sleep. Then, when we woke up the next morning, we looked out our window to see fresh snow! Since we were staying so close to the castle, we just had to drive over and take pictures of it beautifully dusted with the fresh-fallen snow. It was picture perfect.
Next, on to the snow monkeys!!! Stay tuned for a blog post coming soon :)
GPS Coordinates for Matsumoto Castle: 36.238908, 137.969001