Matsumoto Station

Matsumoto Station


Matsumoto Station is a small station connecting the city to nearby destinations including Nagano City, Nagoya, and eTokyo via Shinjuku Station.


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.


Train lines running to and from 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). The lines will be of primary interest to international visitors.


1 / Chuo Main Line to Nagoya / also runs to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo


2 / Shinonoi Line to Nagano


3 / Oito Line to Azumino, Hakuba and Minami-Otari


4 / Kamikochi Line for Shin-Shimashima – nearest train station to Kamikochi


The Chuo Main Line and Shinonoi Line are commonly-used lines for 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 Wide View Shinano


Running from Nagano to Nagoya, the Limited Express Wide View Shinano takes its name from the large windows which afford fantastic views of the passing landscape. Starting from Nagano, stops include:


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



*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 Wide View 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, please refer to our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page.



Limited Express Azusa


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*




*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.


Oito Line


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, please see our ‘Oito Line inc. Hakuba Train Services’ page.


Kamikochi Line


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.


Japan Rail (JR) Passes covering travel to Matsumoto Station


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


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.

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The JR Pass 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).


Japan Rail (JR) East Pass/ Nagano & Niigata


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 a JR Pass 


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).


Activating a JR Pass 


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.


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


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.


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