Article in English Neighborhood of Kaichi School

The area neighboring on the northside of the castle is Kaichi town. The roads northwards from the castle-park go to Arigasaki towns on the hillside. Those areas are lying on the slope climbing gently northwards.
I would like to walk in Kaichi town.
The picture below shows a view from Kaichi town. We can look over the summit of Jonen-dake of the Northern Alps mountains.
About the middle of May, after getting out from the north entrance of the park, mountains of the Alps are coming into my eyesight.
The peak of Jonen-dake covered with snow is rising over the townscape of Kaichi.





Article in English Townscape with Rich Greenbelts

The road running between Matsmoto Shrine and the castle is surrounded by so many trees that we would like to call it a greenbelt.
The merit of that Matsumoto City has the castle-park in its core-zone is plentiful green. Such a landscape is getting in nice harmony with the moutains and highlands encircling the city.
Kaichi is the residential town having a retrospective atmosphere, as it neighboring the castle park. There are many sites, each of which is representing Edo period, Meiji period, Taisho period and Showa period.
For example, on the westside of Matsumoto Shrine we meet an old red post just beside a house of Showa period style.
Walking nortwards from the castle we find Kaichi Elemantary School which is of the contemporary design. Its tower looking like a pencil top is very imrpessive.
Behind it is standing Kaichi School which was built in Meiji period. The past and the present age in the architecture make a acute contrast in it.
The road toward Kaichi School is bordered with a greenbelt. The beautiful school house is a national cultural herritage which symbolizes Japan's modernization-westernization.
The building is of the style of quasi-european architecture, so to speak the mixture of Japanese and European.
It is a hip-roof style house which has a gable of Karahafu with a balcony at the central front. Karahafu gable is some kind of decoration charactaristic of Zen religion style architecture.
It was established in the medieval age under the infuluence of Chinese Zen religion from 13th to 14th century in Japan in corrsponding with rising of Samurai classes.
Thus the building is condensation of the history of eight centuries long, which symbolizes Japanese mind taking foreign techniques-cultures and combining them with its own one.















  • お城の近隣の文化財を案内
  • 街あるきに役立つ


  • 取材制作中。


  • 江戸時代の縄張りを図示
  • 堀の配置がよくわかる



  • 街並み景観、風物
  • 木曾路・奈良井散策






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