On our way back from Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, we decided to take the Chuo Expressway on our way back to Tokyo to see some different scenery that we have never seen before. We stopped at the famous Matsumoto Castle in the Nagano prefecture. The castle was built in 1504 and while most of the castle was demolished and then rebuilt, it is still quite fascinating to walk through and admire the history. Although you cannot tell, the mountains in the background are extremely amazing and very jagged looking; something I never knew Japan had prior to moving here. We will definitely be exploring this area some more in the summer time.