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Matsumoto Station

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Matsumoto Station is a small station connecting the city to nearby destinations including Nagano City, Nagoya, and Tokyo via Shinjuku Station. On this page you will find the following information:

Train Lines / Services to Matsumoto Station

Travel Passes Covering Travel to Matsumoto

Purchasing & Activating a JR Pass

Getting to & from Matsumoto Airport

Private Charters to & from Matsumoto

Matsumoto Station Tourist Information

Accommodation In & Around the Station

How to Get to Matsumoto

25 Things to Do Around Matsumoto & Where to Stay

Book With Us! Nagano’s No.1 Tour & Charter Operator

Located in the centre of Matsumoto, the station allows easy access on-foot to the city’s attractions such as Matsumoto Castle and the Matsumoto City Art Museum. One of Japan’s most historic and pleasant cities, Matsumoto is worth exploring for a day before heading to one of them any nearby destinations including the alpine valley of Kamikochi, Takayama and Shirakawa-go, the ski resorts of Hakuba along with Nagano and of course the Jigokudani Monkey Park.

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Based in Nagano, we are the region’s No.1 tour and charter operator offering both group and private tours to the park along with the option of just transport and/or accommodation. Our vehicles and drivers are all fully certified and our guides are all locally-based. For more information, scroll to the bottom of the page.

TRAIN LINES / SERVICES TO MATSUMOTO STATION


It is important to note that Matsumoto Station is not on any shinkansen line. The nearest shinkansen stations are: 1. Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line and 2. Nagoya Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. Several train lines run to and from Matsumoto Station. Both Nagano and Nagoya are readily accessible from Matsumoto Station using the relevant line (as listed below). These services will be of primary interest to international visitors:

1 / LIMITED EXPRESS AZUSA (on the Chuo Main Line) to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo

2 / LIMITED EXPRESS SHINANO (on the Shinonoi Line) to Nagano, Kiso Valley and Nagoya

3 / OITO LOCAL LINE to Azumino, Hakuba and Minami-Otari

4 / KAMIKOCHI LOCAL LINE for Shin-Shimashima (the nearest train station to Kamikochi)

The Limited Express Azusa and Limited Express Shinano are used by many international visitors wanting to explore Central Japan. Many visitors coming to Matsumoto will do so by train from Nagano and Tokyo. Both can be reached using these lines. Let’s start with how to get to Matsumoto from Nagano:

LIMITED EXPRESS AZUSA

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Running between Shinjuku Station and Matsumoto Station, the Limited Express Azusa connects Matsumoto to Tokyo. Running along the Chuo Main Line, the service departs Shinjuku approximately every 30 minutes and stops at the following stations:

Matsumoto / Shiorji / Okaya / Shimo-Suwa / Kami-Suwa / Chino / Fujimi / Kobuchizawa / Kofu / Otsuki** / Hachioji / Tachikaawa / Shinjuku*

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*Please note, stations marked in bold / red on the map are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.

**While some Azusa services stop at Otsuki Station allowing passengers to transfer to the Fujikyu Railway Line headed to Mount Fuji, most services do not. To reach Otsuki it will usually be easiest to transfer from the Azusa and either Hachioji or Kofu and take the Limited Express Kaiji service onto Otsuki. A one-way fare from Shinjuku costs JPY6620 and takes around 160 minutes to reach Matsumoto.


LIMITED EXPRESS SHINANO

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Running from Nagano to Nagoya, the Limited Express Shinano is a convenient and picturesque to make the journey between two of the region’s major cities. Starting from Nagano, stops include:

Nagano Shinonoi – Hijiri-Kogen – Akashina – MatsumotoShiojiriKiso-Fukushima – Agematsu – Nagiso – Nakatsugawa – Ena – TaijimiChikusa – Kanayama – Nagoya*

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*Please note, stations marked in bold / red on the map are stops on all services. Those not marked in bold are only serviced by certain services throughout the day.

The Limited Express Shinano runs along the Chuo and Shinonoi Lines – although services are direct without the need to transfer – and operates once an hour and takes around 50 minutes / JPY2370 to reach Nagano from Matsumoto or 120 minutes / JPY5610 to reach Nagoya from Matsumoto. The stations of Kiso-Fukushima and Nakatsugawa are the nearest access points to the Nakasendo Trail. For further details including daily timetable, see our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page.


OITO LOCAL LINE

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The local Oito Line runs north from Matsumoto and includes stops at Hotaka Station – the most convenient stop for people heading to Azumino – along with Hakuba Station – for the Hakuba Valley ski resorts – and finally terminating at Minami-Otari. A one-way journey from Matsumoto will require: 25 minutes / JPY330 to Hotaka Station; 100 to 110 min / JPY1170 to Hakuba Station; and 120 to 130 min / JPY1340 to Minami-Otari Station. For further information including timetables, see our ‘Oito Line inc. Hakuba Train Services’ page.


KAMIKOCHI LOCAL LINE

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The Local Kamikochi Line connects Matsumoto with Shin-shimashima Station, the nearest station to Kamikochi. A one-way from takes approximately 30 minutes and costs JPY710. Once at Shin-shimashima Station, visitors heading to Kamikochi will need to transfer onto a bus. For further details, please refer to our ‘How to get to Kamikochi’ page.

TRAVEL PASSES COVERING TRAVEL TO MATSUMOTO


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There is no escaping the fact that travel using the shinkansen and other rapid services is expensive. Given the speed and distances covered by these trains, travelers should think of them much like taking a flight, with tickets accordingly priced. International visitors to Japan have the option of purchasing one of several passes which allow for unlimited use of the Hokuriku along with other services:

JAPAN RAIL (JR) PASS

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Covering all 9 shinkansen lines in Japan and many other train services, the JR Pass is a great option for visitors planning to use the shinkansen more than a handful of times and/or travel large distances. Travelers have the option of 7, 14 and 21-day passes covering either Ordinary or Ordinary and Green Cars. The JR Pass allows for use of almost any shinkansen service and other major rapid services at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost).


JAPAN RAIL (JR) EAST PASS / NAGANO & NIIGATA

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This pass covers the Hokuriku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines serving Nagano and Niigata, along with other regional services. There is only one option of pass, covering 5 days of use within a 14-day period from its date of activation. Notably cheaper than the JR Pass, this is a great option for visitors staying within Nagano and Niigata. Much like the JR Pass, it allows for use of any service on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line at no additional cost but noting that should holders wish to have a reserved seat, they are still required to book a seat at the ticket office (at no additional cost).

PURCHASING & ACTIVATING A JR PASS


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Passes can be purchased via the official website or via a JR-affiliated overseas sales office. Once you completed have payment, you will receive an exchange order. This is a proof of payment and looks almost like a flight ticket with your personal details, type of pass, and validity (three months from the date of issue). It is important to note that the exchange order is not your actual pass and will need to be exchanged for your pass once in Japan. Whatever you do, do not lose the exchange order and prioritise exchanging it for your pass when you arrive. For full details please refer to the specific page for each pass (as listed above).

Once you arrive in Japan and prior to using your pass, you must actually get your hands on it by exchanging the order/proof of purchase you received online. This can be done a numerous JR Pass Exchange Offices found at any major train station or airport including Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. If you have time to do so before leaving the airport, you can use the pass immediately. Tokyo Station is another popular place to exchange and activate a JR Pass at either of these offices:

— JR East Travel Service Center (Marunouchi North Exit): 07:30 to 20:00

— JR Central Ticket Office (Yaesu North Exit): 07:30 to 20:00

To exchange/activate your pass you will need your exchange order and passport. Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date). Please note, passes cannot be exchanged/activated at Matsumoto Station. However, once your pass is activated, it can be used to travel to and from Matsumoto.

GETTING TO & FROM MATSUMOTO AIRPORT


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For visitors heading to or from Matsumoto Airport, 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 the airport from the station/central Matsumoto with rental cars also available.

PRIVATE CHARTERS TO & FROM MATSUMOTO


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Based in Nagano, we are the region’s No.1 tour and charter operator. Operating all year round, we can provide charters to any destination in Central Japan, with customised itineraries to suit your travel needs and interests including pick-up or drop-off at Matsumoto Station and Matsumoto Airport. We have the expertise and experience to help you get the most out of your time in the region, including transport to and from any regional destination. 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. All vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.

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Got a question about visiting Nagano and Central Japan from Matsumoto? Head to our ‘Charters’ main page or click on the INQUIRY button below, let us know what you need, and we’ll get back to you with a quote.

MATSUMOTO STATION TOURIST INFORMATION


Open daily – other than Dec.29 to Jan.03 – from 09:00 to 17:45, tourist information provides general information about attractions, accommodation and transport. Staff may speak some English or other foreign languages however this is not assured. The office is located across from the ticket gates inside the station.

ACCOMMODATION IN & AROUND THE STATION


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Visitors coming through Matsumoto might want to consider staying in or nearby the station. As one of Central Japan’s major train stations, there are good options surrounding the station – a great option to avoid having to carry luggage with you and when using the Limited Express Azusa to move to and from Central Japan. For hotel bookings in and around the station, please refer to the following accommodation listings on our ‘Matsumoto Area’ hotel page.

HOW TO GET TO MATSUMOTO


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Matsumoto Station is located in the centre of the city, within 30-minutes walk of almost all popular attractions. Serviced by the Limited Express Azusa service running to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo and the Limited Express Shinano service running to Nagano and Nagoya, Matsumoto is easy to reach using the rail network. For more information, see our ‘How To Get To Matsumoto’ page.

25 THINGS TO DO AROUND MATSUMOTO & WHERE TO STAY


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Many if not most visitors heading to Matsumoto are drawn by its iconic castle, one of the few remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure. Once in Matsumoto, visitors discover a historic and pleasant city with a thriving folk craft, art and dining scene. So while it’s castle that might attract people to visit, it’s everything else that the city has to offer that makes them want to stay. Matsumoto is also a convenient launching point from where to dive deeper into Central Japan including Mount Norikura, Kamikochi and onto Takayama in the west, the rural enclave of Azumino and ski resorts of Hakuba to the north, or toward Nagano City and the snow monkeys in the east. Our ’25 Things To Do Around Matsumoto & Where To Stay’ page has lots of great tips and suggestions of things to do, including accommodation listings, in and around Matsumoto.

BOOK WITH US! NAGANO’S NO.1 TOUR & CHARTER OPERATOR


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Operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters. We can arrange transport including a private vehicle and driver, along with an English-speaking guide, to transport to, from and between any destinations in the region including Matsumotoand beyond. 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 your adventure in Central Japan and help you discover even more!

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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 Central Japan.

Got a question about visiting Mastumoto and Central Japan? Click on the INQUIRY button below or contact us at snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com and let’s get planning together!

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