The Best in Japan? A Fall Visit to Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle is a good place to see fall colors, but it's particularly known for its cherry trees in the spring. The trees in this area are expected to bloom in a week, with the best viewing time around mid-April.
Admission to the castle was 600 yen prior to the tax increase that went into effect at the start of April, but that could have changed. The grounds are open from 8:30 to 17:00, and the museum is open year-round except for a few days around New Years. It's located about 15 minutes on flat ground from Matsumoto Station on foot, or a 5-minute bus ride on the Northern Course tourist bus.