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Matsumoto (Japan)

Practical information about Matsumoto

  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2hrs 40min by train from Tokyo
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Matsumoto

Marielle Awad Travel writer
74 travel articles

A Japanese alpine town, overlooked by a castle.

My suggestion:
If you're in Matsumoto, a trip to the castle is a must. The town's a convenient departure point if you're heading to the Japanese alpine region during a trip to Japan, but not necessarily worth the while in itself.

The town's famous for a black castle that towers over the city. It's home to a museum that has a collection of arms dating back through the centuries. Unfortunately, there's no English translation of the information available. Close by is a second museum, dedicated to local and regional history. 

The town's streets are lined with attractive boutiques, bars and restaurants. The old quarter was smaller than I expected, but fun all the same. 

You can reach local winter sports resorts from Matsumoto - the perfect opportunity to go hiking in the surrounding mountains. 

At the end of the day, during both summer and winter, you can unwind in one the of region's many onsen. Some have open air baths and soaking in their steaming hot water, surrounded by snow, is a real treat. 

Matsumoto Castle
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