Peter Wik

Peter Wik has been traveling the world since childhood. He has visited over 60 countries and some of them up to a hundred times. Peter is the owner of Relasian Travel & Event based in Stockholm, Sweden but constantly on the road. Peter is a foodie and loves to try new food around the world. Here he shares his favorite gems from places high and low around the world to make you go local yet being global. Peter lives in Stockholm and Paris.

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Matsumoto Castle, Japan

If you want to visit an original Castle in Japan one good option is to go to the city of Matsumoto. This castle is one of the four old castles in Japan that are considered national treasures. This castle is one of the few in Japan that is original and black in color. The Matsumoto Castle was built in 1592 and was used by 23 war lords over time. This is a great place to see how the construction of a castle was made and there is also a nice presentation of arms from that time.
Matsumoto is a 2,5 hours ride on the train from Shinjuku in Tokyo and then a 15 minutes walk from the JR station. The castle is open daily from 08.30-16.30 and the cost is 600 yen for adult and 300 yen for children. As you can see the Japanese Alps are around this city and from the top of the castle you have a great view over them.