Visit the Castle & Discover More on a Guided Tour

Visit the Castle & Discover More on a Guided Tour

Located in the valley below the dramatic mountain peaks of the Northern Alps, Matsumoto Castle is unusual in that it does not itself sit atop an elevated position or ridge. Constructed in the valley in order to consolidate territory won during the upheaval of the Warring States Period, Matsumoto Castle was strategically positioned to defend important defensive and mercantile land, and looking back toward Japan’s highest mountain range.


Operating from late-spring until autumn, our 1-Day Highlights of Central Japan: Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley Tour combines visits to two of the region’s most iconic destinations in a convenient day-trip operating to and from Matsumoto Station. Defined by its mountains and natural landscapes, Central Japan is the literal heartland of this beautiful country and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This engaging one-day tour takes you to Matsumoto Castle – one of the few remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure – before heading high into the grandeur of the North Alps and onto the protected alpine oasis of Kamikochi – BOOK NOW!


Located around 1500 meters above sea level, Kamikochi is a stunning alpine valley sitting below mountain peaks rising to over 3000 meters in height. Known as the jewel of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, this is one of Japan’s most spectacular natural landscapes. Your guide will lead you on leisurely walk from Taisho Pond to Kappabashi, introducing you to the story, significance and beauty of Kamikochi as you stroll.


Make sure to bring your camera as you’re going to need it! As you walk, you’ll be given plenty of opportunities to stop and photograph the surrounding landscape – a place known for its beautiful mountain vistas and pristine nature.


Arriving at Kappabashi, you will then have around two hours to enjoy for yourself by wandering further along the trail or simply sitting down at a café or restaurant to take in your surroundings. Led by a locally-based guide and including lunch and direct transport to and from Kamikochi, this tour captures the essence of Central Japan by combining two of its most iconic destinations – a truly beautiful day-trip to Matsumoto and beyond.



Based in Nagano and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator. We have the local knowledge of where to go, when to go and what to do when you’re there to make sure you get the most out of your adventure in Matsumoto and Central Japan! As a registered travel agent we can arrange experiences and tours, transport, accommodation and inclusive packages at the destinations listed above. So no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered including getting you to the best destinations and events in the region.


For guests wanting to access these destinations in the comfort of their own transport, we can arrange a private tour or charter customised to fit your needs, starting and ending at any destination in the region. 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 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.


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!

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 and Central Japan.

Got a question about visiting Nagano and Central Japan? Contact us and let’s get planning together!