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Matsumoto, Japan

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Visit Matsumoto, Japan

Matsumoto is a small but cosmopolitan city on the edge of the Japanese Alps. Its history dates back to the 8th century but it is most famous for its fantastic castle which was built in 1595 and is known as 'Crow Castle' because of its striking black and white design.

Although much of the city is modern, you can still find the traditional lattice-patterned buildings in the old merchant district. Most of these are now craft shops, teashops or restaurants. There are also some excellent museums worth a visit too.

Exploring the Alps

Kamikochi National ParkMatsumoto is the gateway to many of the central alps's most enticing winter and summer outdoor sports centres. Kamikochi and Norikura Kogen are not far away and Takayama is just a bus ride over the mountains from Matsumoto.

One of Japan's most famous ski resorts, Hakuba is also easily accessible from Matsumoto.

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Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Japan specialists at 1-855-834-8210

Suggested Matsumoto itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Matsumoto, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Accommodation choices for Matsumoto

We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Matsumoto. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.