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Matsumoto

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A castle town, Matsumoto possesses one of the best-preserved feudal structures in the country, and maintains its historical attractions and traditions while simultaneously exuding a modern, cosmopolitan charm. Folk museums and ancient temples complement the atmosphere established by the castle, backed up by the picturesque views of the Japanese Alps available throughout the city. Eateries both modern and traditional serve "soba" (buckwheat noodles) dishes, for which Matsumoto has become known. "Onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) dot the landscape surrounding the town, and represent some of the main focal points for hikes during Matsumoto holidays. Use our Japan trip planner to arrange your visit to Matsumoto and any other destinations in Japan that take your fancy.
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Castle
Matsumoto Castle
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Bridge
Kappa Bashi
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Water Body
Taisho Pond
4.5
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Ski Area
Norikura Kogen
4.5
Duration: 8 hours

Museums in Matsumoto

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Art Museum
Matsumoto City Art Museum
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Museum
Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
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Specialty Museum
Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum (Matsumoto Mingei-kan)
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Duration: 1 hour
Specialty Museum
Matsumoto City Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Matsumoto

Water Body
Myojin Pond
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Water Body
Pond Tashiro
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Duration: 1 hour
Forest
Tashiro Shitsugen
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
Forest
Larch Forests In Kamikochi area
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Matsumoto

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Architectural Building
Takayama Jinya Takayama
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Snow Monkey Resorts Nagano
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Duration: 4 hours
Religious Site
Zenko-ji Temple Nagano
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Neighborhood
Sanmachi Suji Takayama
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Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Matsumoto

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Mountain
Mt. Jonen
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Duration: 4 hours
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Mountain
Yarigatake
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Mountain
Mt. Yake
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Duration: 4 hours
Waterfall
Sanbondaki Waterfall
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Winter Sports in Matsumoto

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Ski Area
Mt. Norikura Snow Resort
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
Ski Area
Nomugi Toge Ski Resort
3.0
Duration: 8 hours

Where to stay in Matsumoto

Matsumoto strikes a balance between the old and the new in its accommodations, as it does with most other aspects of its urban design and culture. The area directly around the main train station houses many of the newer options in town, including some large hotels, both basic and luxury, and a couple of smaller, family-run options. The more historic area north of here has hotels and
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