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We visited Matsumoto in the middle of a typhoon during our whirlwind tour of Japan, but luckily had a brief dry spell to explore the castle. While not as huge as their European counterparts Japanese castles do have a lovely multi-tiered design and beautiful gardens. To explore inside we took off our shoes and joined the throngs of Japanese to climb the steep staircases between the levels and imagine what samurai life was life.
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