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Matsumoto
  • One of Japan's Last Great Castles

    Matsumoto Castle is a registered National Treasure and without question, the cultural heart of city and surrouding region.

  • Enjoy the Kusama Yayoi Collection

    A Matsumoto native, it is only natural that the Matsumoto City Art Museum proudly exhibited Japan's most famous contemporary artist.

  • A Small but Thiving City

    Though small, Matsumoto is home to a great food scene, craft breweries, shopping and nightlife.

  • Kamikochi & Chubu Sangaku National Park

    Only one hour from central Matsumoto, the alpine valley of Kamikochi is one of Japan's most stunning natural landscapes.

  • Explore Azumino

    Located just outside of Matsumoto City, the rural enclave of Azumino is home to tranquil pastures but lively festivals!

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Matsumoto

Lying the shadow of the North Japan Alps, Matsumoto is a small but historic city most famous for its more than 400-year old original castle. As one of the few remaining original castles in Japan, it is a registered National Treasure and heart of the city.

Visitors to Matsumoto will discover a thriving city that can be fully explored on foot including historic shopping streets, designer and craft stores, great food and plenty of cafes and bars. The city is also home to a thriving arts scene, thanks to Matsumoto-native Kusama Yayoi’s permanent collection being exhibited at the Matsumoto City Art Museum.

From the city, visitors can make their way to nearby Azumino – a beautiful rural enclave – or head high into Japan’s tallest mountain range and onto the Chubu Sangaku National Park including Mount Norikura, Norikura Kogen and the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 25 Things To Do In & Around Matsumoto

    Located in the shadow the North Japan Al...
  • 20 Things to Do In & Around Azumino

    Located within three hours of Tokyo,&nbs...

ACCESS

  • How to Get to Matsumoto

    As home to one of Japan’s last remaining...
  • How to Get to Azumino from The Snow Monkey Park

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  • Local Transportation in Azumino, Hotaka in The Matsumoto Area

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TOURS

  • 1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Local Food Experience Tour

    *For residents of Japan eligible for offer…
  • 1-Day Tour: Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley

    *Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and…
  • [SPECIAL EVENT] Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Tour

    *Due to restrictions in place to prevent t…
  • [AUG 14 ONLY] 1-Day Tour: Azumino Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys

    *Due to restrictions in place to prevent t…
  • [SEPT 27 ONLY] 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Local Ofune Festival In Nagano

    *Due to restrictions in place to prevent t…
  • 2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano To Takayama via Matsumoto

    Highlights Explore Zenko-ji – a Nat…
  • 2-Day Private Tour: Matsumoto Castle, Nakasendo and Countryside Azumino

    Situated between Matsumoto and its famous …
  • [START FROM MATSUMOTO/AZUMINO] Private Snow Monkey Tour

    Best known for its near-400 year old castl…

ACTIVITY

  • Matsumoto Castle

    As a registered National Treasure, Matsumo…
  • Kamikochi

    Located approximately 50km to the west of …
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art inc. the Kusama Yayoi Collection

    The Matsumoto City Museum of Art exhibits …
  • Nawate-Dori (Frog Street)

    Matsumoto’s Nawate-dori shopping street is…
  • Nakamichi Street

    Located between JR Matsumoto Station and M…
  • Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

    The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum is said to boast …
  • Ishii Miso Brewery

    Located around 20-minutes walk from Matsum…
  • Daio Wasabi Farm

    Located in the beautiful region of Azumino…
  • Fruit-picking in Azumino

    Azumino’s climate is excellent for growing…
  • Cycling in Azumino

    Cycling is not only one of the best ways t…
  • Silk Weaving at the Azumino Tensan Center

    Located in the Hotaka Onsen-kyo area of Az…
  • Hotaka Onsen-kyo

    Hotaka Onsen-kyo is a small ‘onsen’ (hot s…
  • Utsukushigahara Highlands & Open-Air Museum

    Within easy reach of Matsumoto City, Utsuk…
  • Hike Across the 'Roof of Japan' on the Northern Japan Alps Mountain Trail from Azumino

    The Northern Japan Alps, also known as the…
  • Mount Norikura & Norikura Kogen

    Within easy reach of Kamikochi, Mount Nori…
  • Shirahone Onsen

    Lying nearby the popular destinations of M…

HOTELS

  • Matsumoto Area

    There are three main accommodation loca…
  • Hotaka Onsen-kyo

    Hotaka Onsenkyo is Azumino’s hot spring…
  • Kamikochi Area

    Kamikochi is one the highlights of visi…
  • Norikura Kogen Area

    Norikura Kogen or the Norikura Highland…
  • Shirahone Onsen Area

    Located nearby Mount Norikura and Kamik…

EVENT

  • Azumino O-Fune Matsuri (Ship Festival)

    Sep 26-27th

    The Azuimno O-Fune Matsuri or ‘Shi…
  • Azumino Fireworks Festival

    Aug 14th

    *Due to restrictions in place to p…
  • Azumino Kamiakari

    Dec-6 to Dec-8

    Held every year in the early cold …
  • Matsumoto Craft Fair

    Last Saturday and Sunday of May

    May is known as the Month of Craft…
  • Tatsuno Hotaru (Firefly) Festival "Japan's fireflies dance"

    Mid-June

    The Tatsuno Hotaru Festival (辰野ほたる…
  • Matsumoto Bon Bon Festival

    First Saturday of August

    Matsumoto Bon Bon is a music festi…

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