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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

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ACCESS

  • How to Get to Matsumoto

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  • How to Get to Azumino from The Snow Monkey Park

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  • Getting Around Azumino – Rental Bicycle, Bus & Taxi

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TOURS

  • 1-Day Tour from Matsumoto/Nagano: Kamikochi Alpine Valley

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  • [START FROM MATSUMOTO/AZUMINO] Private Snow Monkey Tour

      Best known for its near-400 year …
  • 2-Day Private Tour: Matsumoto Castle, Nakasendo and Countryside Azumino

      Situated between Matsumoto and i…
  • [AUG 14 ONLY] 1-Day Tour: Azumino Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys

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  • [SEPT 27 ONLY] 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Local Ofune Festival In Nagano

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  • [Special Event] 1-Day Tour: Cherry Blossoms of Takato Castle Park

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  • 2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano To Takayama via Matsumoto

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ACTIVITY

HOTELS

EVENT

  • Azumino O-Fune Matsuri (Ship Festival)

    Sep 26-27th

  • Azumino Fireworks Festival

    Aug 14th

  • Azumino Kamiakari

    Dec-6 to Dec-8

  • Matsumoto Craft Fair

    Last Saturday and Sunday of May

  • Tatsuno Hotaru (Firefly) Festival "Japan's fireflies dance"

    Mid-June

  • Matsumoto Bon Bon Festival

    First Saturday of August

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