Visiting Suzuki Memorial Museum
Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) is known for so called "Suzuki Violin Teaching Methods" (see Wikipedia for details).
The last photo presents his necessary conditions for early violin teaching (my translation into English):
-early violin teaching and learning
-good violin learning environments
-good teaching methods
Where Samurai lived
"Takahashi Ke Jutaku" (Takahashi family residence) is a typical high level Samurai used t live.
It was nominated as "National Treasure" Its a simple but solemn house. If you want to see such house, you should visit this one.
Where Japanese education started
Kaichi school museum represents one of the oldest Kaichi Elementary Schools in Matsumoto (founded in 1873).
The school educated pupils in the dawn of the Meiji period when Japan was pushing hard the development of talents among young pupils and students. It was a nation-wide campaign to
catch up the West through intensive Western style of education.
Its a magnificent and beautiful building and the surrounding of the school is also attractive with a view of mountains and outskirt landscape of Matsumoto.
Japan Ukiyoe Woodblock Print Museum is one of the most known woodblock museums in Japan.
The 100,000 collection of calligraphy, wood-printed masterpieces. There is a rich repertoire of local wood-block prints.
New design Performing Arts Center
The center just opened last year (2012). Toyo Ito designed it and is intended for various art and cultural activities. There are one big and another smaller concert halls. This building is worth visiting
even you end up with having a drink in the snack bar/restaurant on the second floor.
Its a beautiful museum which exhibit the famous modern art of Yayoi Kusama, most known for her
giant pumpkin painting. The works of famous calligraphers, Shinzan Kamijo and Kazuo Tamura, are exhibited here. Adults:400 yen and students:200yen. You can take photos without flash.
Tracing the memory of Shogun period
"Narai-Juku" is a post town in Kisokaido. Almost all people pass through this town or spend a night in this town (on way to Edo) during Tokugawa Shougun period. It is one of the most famous post town.
The atomosphere of old days can be felt when walking through this town (only 300 meter long).
You can see old restaurants, tea shops and souvenir shops. Its a lovely old town.
Sakura beauty in Matsumoto
Walk around Matsumoto Castle, the river and old residential area - you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Sakura (cherry-blossoms). Its a dreamy world and one feels so happy and refreshed. Breathe the fresh air and open your heart.
Matsumoto Castle（松本城） is one of the best castles I've seen in Japan. Nice grounds, nice site, and a real original castle.
Inside the stairs are very steep in parts, and you can really imagine things as they must have been back in the day.
Of the Japanese castles I've seen (closing in on 20), this would be my second favourite after Himeji.
Admission is 600 yen, which also includes admission to the adjacent city museum.
- Castles and Palaces
The first construction of this castle was from the late 1590's and has been through numerous restorations until at least 1999. This lovely castle has nice mountain views in the background and wide open space.
Here can be reached from Matsumoto Station on foot walking about 20-mins. or by the North (Orange) Loop of the "Town Sneaker" bus.
- Castles and Palaces
See stunning sakura on Cherry Blossom Avenue.
Cherry Blossom Avenue is the name given to the road running along the north side of the Matsumoto castle. The white sakura in April is stunning here. Through the blossom laden branches, picturesque views of the castle's main tower can be gained.
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Walk down Nakamachi Street.
Nakamachi Street has some well restored traditonal shop houses and architecture. The area is probably a bit overhyped as a tourist attraction, though things were probably quiet when we walked down there, because it was late in the afternoon. Things close early in quiet Matsumoto. There are several interesting shops on this road and places to eat. There is a ryokan in the street too.
Watch the Karakuri Clock on the hour.
A free sight in Matsumoto is the quaint Karakuri Clock on Isemachi Street, striking the hour. The ball opens and little people come out and circulate round the clock accompanied by music. There are two different performances, the second one starting a little after the hour and taking us by surprise when we thought the show had ended. I took this photo at 5pm.
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Matsumoto Timepiece Museum.
On a chilly April morning, before heading to the castle, we called in to have a look around the Timepiece Museum. It was lovely and warm inside. Entrance was JPY300 (2006).
Clocks from around the world are on display, as well as several unusual oddly Dalek like Japanese ones!
The museum is closed on Mondays.
- Museum Visits
Visit Japan's oldest castle.
Matusmoto-jo is Japan's oldest castle. It was built over 400 years ago. The entrance fee is JPY600 (NZ$8.60).
You need to take your shoes off when you enter the castle and can carry them around with you in a supplied plastic bag.
The castle contains displays of artifacts and information about Matsumoto-jo's history. The views from the top floor are excellent in Matsumoto's clear mountain air. The moon viewing pavilion is the last room you pass through on the route through the castle and is a relatively recent addition to the castle.
Be warned that some of the stairways in the castle are very steep and narrow - more like ladders really. Elderly people will find these very difficult to navigate.
The castle is very photogenic from the south and west sides, in particular.
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