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Matsumoto Airport

Matsumoto Airport

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Located around 10km from Matsumoto City, Shinshu-Matsumoto Airport – or simply, Matsumoto Airport – handles domestic flights to popular destinations including Fukuoka in Kyushu, Sapporo in Hokkaido and Kobe in Hyogo.

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Being located so close to Matsumoto and the North Japan Alps, this small airport offers a convenient transport hub for visitors heading to the region to ski and snowboard in winter and for hiking and mountaineering from spring to autumn.

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Given the efficiency of the Japanese public transport network, using the train to reach Matsumoto from destinations including Tokyo, Nagano, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka will be the best option for most travelers. Flying in and out of Matsumoto will be of most interest to travelers heading to or from Kyushu or Hokkaido, for which a flight will be faster than using the train network.

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Matsumoto is a small, regional airport with a single basic terminal building. As such, navigating the airport is simple. There are multiple flights each day and moving to and from the airport is easy.

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For visitors wanting to head straight from the airport to any of the region’s attractions and destinations, arranging a private charter is a great option for doing so directly from the airport. As Nagano’s No.1-rated charter and tour operator, we can arrange transport for couples and families along with large groups of up to 44 people per vehicle – see below for details.

 

Getting to/from Matsumoto Airport


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For visitors heading into Matsumoto City, the airport shuttle bus operates to and from Matsumoto Bus Terminal (adjacent to Matsumoto Station). The bus takes around 30 minutes and costs JPY600. Alternatively, taxis are also available – usually around 25 minutes / JPY4000 – to reach central Matsumoto with rental cars also available.

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For visitors wanting to head straight from the airport to any of the region’s attractions and destinations, arranging a private charter is a great option for doing so directly from the airport. As Nagano’s No.1-rated charter and tour operator, we can arrange transport for couples and families along with large groups of up to 44 people per vehicle – see below for details.

 

Getting to Nagano from Matsumoto Airport


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To reach Nagano City from the airport, take the shuttle bus into Matsumoto. From Matsumoto Station, take the Limited Express Shinano to Nagano Station.

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There are many services every day including the Limited Express Shinano – taking around 50 minutes – and local services – taking around 1.5 hours. For the daily train schedule, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page.

 

Accommodation Nearby the Airport


 

Visitors flying in or out of Mastumoto Airport, might want to consider staying nearby including in central Matsumoto. For hotel bookings nearby the airport, please refer to the following accommodation listings on our ‘Matsumoto Area’ hotel page.

 

Highlights & Recommendations Nearby Matsumoto


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Sitting in the shadow of the North Japan Alps, Matsumoto is a historic city known for its famous castle, museums and galleries, and burgeoning dining scene. For tips and suggestions of things to do in Matsumoto, please refer to our ’15 Things To Do In Matsumoto’ page.

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From Matsumoto, visitors can head into the mountains including the beautiful alpine valley of Kamikochi. Considered the jewel of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is open to the public from April through to November.

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In winter, ski resorts including those in Hakuba can be readily accessed from Matsumoto Airport. Having hosted multiple events during the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano and Hakuba’s winter credentials are well-established.

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Visitors flying into Matsumoto and wanting to head directly to Hakuba or any other resort, arranging a private charter including luggage transport is a great option.

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Regardless of when you visit, heading outside of Matsumoto to explore the surrounding region including Azumino is a great way to experience the peace and tradition of rural Japan.

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For tips and suggestions of things to do, please refer to our ’20 Things to Do in & Around Azumino’ page.

 

Private Charters & Tours


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Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1 rated charter and tour operator, offering a range of services including private charters along with private and group tours.

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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.

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We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

 

Why choose us?


 

Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

 

 

Got a question about arranging a charter or tour from the airport? Feel free to contact us at snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com and let’s get planning together!

 

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