Welcome to Matsumoto


Matsumoto is an attractive, cosmopolitan place loved by both residents and admirers from around the globe, who come to enjoy its superb castle, pretty streets, galleries, cafes and endearing vistas. There seems to be some extra enthusiasm for life here, with a youngish population that includes those who have forsaken the massive cities for this regional beauty. The mountains are close, the air is fresh and the rivers are invigoratingly cold. Matsumoto makes a great stepping stone on your way to the Alps.


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$1200 Cultural & Theme Tours

KAMIKOCHI, Northern Japanese Alps - 6 Day Hiking Tour

ItineraryDay 1: MatsumotoStop At: Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuMeet at midday in Matsumoto at train station.Tour briefing and gear check.Afternoon at leisure. Hotel stay in Matsumoto Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: Traditional Japanese Meal at HotelAccommodation included: Overnight at Matsumoto Lodge (3-star hotel)Day 2: Hike Kamikochi (1500m) to Yarisawa (1850m) - 6 hrs / 13.2kmStop At: Kamikochi Visitor Center, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuBus transfer to Kamikochi.Hike 6 hrs from Kamikochi (1500m elevation) to Yarisawa (1850m elevation). Distance: 13.2kmDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Yarisawa Lodge. Shared room with other hikers.Day 3: Hike Yarisawa to Yarigadake Peak (3180m elevation - 3rd highest in Japan) - 6.5hrs / 4.3kmStop At: Yarigatake, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuHike Yarisawa to Yarigatake. Mountain hut stayDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Yarigadake mountain hutDay 4: Hike Yarigadake to Kitahotaka Peak (3106m - 19th highest in Japan) - 6.5 hrs / 6.8kmStop At: Mt. KItahodaka, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuHike Yarigatake to Kitahotaka. Mountain Hut Stay (6.5 hrs / 6.8km)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Kitahotaka mountain hutDay 5: Hike Kitahotaka to Kamikochi - 6.5 hrs / 6.8kmStop At: Kamikochi Visitor Center, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuHike Kitahotaka to Kamikochi. Onsen hotel and dinner. Hotel Stay (9.5 hrs / 8km)Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Transfer to Matsumoto. Trip Concludes.Stop At: Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuBus transfer to Matsumoto train station. Trip ConcludesDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$228.82 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Hida Takayama, Shirakawago and Nagano Snow Monkey 2-Day Tour from Tokyo

Once you meet at the designated meeting point, you will be travelling by coach bus for around 4 hours with toilet break and the first destination will be Jigokudani Yaen-koen located at the Yokoyugawa gorge at the Shigakogen Highlands in the Nagano Prefecture. There you will have about 150 minutes of staying time including 5km round trip walk (about 30-45 minutes one way) on snowy mountain road from the parking lot to the park. Japanese monkeys of Jigokudani (hell valley) Yaen-koen (monkey park) are famous for bathing in a hot spring to survive severe cold winter periods. They do not bath during the warm seasons, so you can enjoy this adorable view only now!Continue your trip and visit Matsumoto, where one of five castles designated as "National Treasures of Japan" is located. You will be able to take photos of Matsumoto castle from outside or to enter the park and the oldest existing castle tower in Japan (for extra charge JPY 610 which is not included in the tour fee.) You can walk around to take some pictures for approximately 60 minutes before heading to your accommodation at Hirayu Onsen town. Enjoy Japanese set meal for dinner and relax at the open-air bath in the hotel.The next day, after your breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the most famous travel spot in the area, the World Heritage site of "Shirakawago." This area is most famous for farmhouses representative of the traditional Japanese architectural history. The construction method for the farmhouse is called “Gassho-zukuri” which refers to the shape of the roof that looks like a person's hands held together in prayer. You can take your time to walk around for about 80-minutes. Afterwards, you will head to the main street of Hida Takayama. There you will be given about 90-minutes of free time to enjoy this unique streets soaking up the atmosphere of the town also known as "Little Kyoto" by the locals. You will have a chance to try local delicacies such as Hida beef cutlets or "Mitarashi Dango" rice dumpling in a sweet soy sauce for your independent lunch.This tour will conclude around 7pm after approximate 5 hours comfortable drive when you will be dropped off nearby the Shinjuku Station.

$270.09 Cultural & Theme Tours

Nagano to Matsumoto Private Day Tour with 2-Way Train Tickets

Matsumoto, situated north of Tokyo, is the second largest city in the quiet and secluded Nagano Prefecture. The location offers a magnificent scenic view of the Northern Japan Alps and a unique cultural experience.  • On this full-day private tour, your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or at Nagano Station between 9 to 9:30 AM. Start off the day by heading to Matsumoto and visiting the Matsumoto Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Japan that was built over 400 years ago.  • After an exciting morning at the Matsumoto Castle, visit Nawate Street (a small pedestrian zone with lots of small shops and restaurants along the river), the "Frog Street" (known for its abundance of frog products) and the Nakamachi Street (famous for its old houses and has a beautiful white tone).  • After half a day in Matsumoto, visit the tranquil Hotaka Town where Daio Wasabi Farm is located. It is most recognized as Japan’s largest wasabi farm covering 15 hectares and is a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy and find lots of unique wasabi products including wasabi ice-cream. Near Daio Wasabi Farm is the Hotaka Shrine, a secured hidden dwelling surrounded by old trees, and is said to have a special energy and powerful strength. If there is enough time, guests may pray for good fortune at this shrine before returning to Nagano City.Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour: Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-May Autumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing: Early-September to Late-November Winter Festivities: Early-December to Late-March

$201.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

Matsumoto Private One Day Tour with Tour Guide and Private Vehicle

Matsumoto, situated north of Tokyo, is the second largest city in the quiet and secluded Nagano Prefecture. The location offers a magnificent scenic view of the Northern Japan Alps and a unique cultural experience.  On this full-day private tour, your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or at Matsumoto Station between 9:30 to 10 AM. Start off the day by visiting the Matsumoto Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Japan that was built over 400 years ago. After an exciting morning at the Matsumoto Castle, visit Nawate Street (a small pedestrian zone with lots of small shops and restaurants along the river), the "Frog Street" (known for its abundance of frog products) and the Nakamachi Street (famous for its old houses and has a beautiful white tone). After half a day in Matsumoto, visit the tranquil Hotaka Town where Daio Wasabi Farm is located. It is most recognized as Japan’s largest wasabi farm covering 15 hectares and is a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy and find lots of unique wasabi products including wasabi ice-cream. Near Daio Wasabi Farm is the Hotaka Shrine, a secured hidden dwelling surrounded by old trees, and is said to have a special energy and powerful strength. If there is enough time, guests may pray for good fortune at this shrine before ending the tour in the city.Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour: Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-May Autumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing: Early-September to Late-November Winter Festivities: Early-December to Late-March

$4728.98 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Hiking Yarigatake and Mt Fuji

Day 1 Kyoto: You will make your own way to the starting hotel in Kyoto and check in. Meet your new hiking buddies and tour guide at 6 pm in the lobby. You will go out for the first group dinner (optional). Day 2 Kyoto Free day: Today is a free day to explore the ancient capital of Kyoto. Your tour guide will give you information and directions for the day. Day 3 Kyoto to Tsumago: We will travel to Tsumago by bullet train and bus. We will then start an enjoyable walk on the Nakasendo ancient highway from Magome and finish in Otsumago after enjoying a few waterfalls and wooded areas (approx 2.5 hours) We will finish with a delicious local meal at the accommodation. Day 4 Tsumago to Kamikochi: This morning, we will transfer by trains and bus to Kamikochi. We then will start with a gentle walk to Yarisawa through a pine and birch forest. After we enter the Yarisawa Valley, the trails will get steeper and rockier (approx 4 hour walk) Day 5 Climb Mt Yari (3180m): Today, we will continue the hike on Mt. Yari. This is a challenging hike (approx 6-8 hours). There will be some sections of rocks, boulders and snowfields to cross. At the summit, you will be rewarded with spectacular views including Mt. Fuji! Day 6 Descend to Kamikochi: Wake up early and enjoy the brilliant views of the valleys. We will descend to Kamikochi on down steep hills this morning (approx 8-10hours) and then transfer to Matsumoto. Day 7 Matsumoto to Kawaguchiko: Matsumoto castle visit is an option this morning. In the afternoon, we will transfer to Kawaguchiko, next to Mt. Fuji. Day 8 Climbing Mt. Fuji to the 8th station: We will climb the highest mountain in Japan (3776m). We start hiking from the 5th station to a mountain hut where we will stay tonight (approx 5 hours). As we climb higher, it will get very steep and rocky. Day 9 Sunrise on the top of Mt. Fuji: We will leave our hut very early in the morning to capture the sunrise at the summit. We will get ready for the sunrise together with many local climbers. After celebrating our success of climbing Mt. Fuji, we will descend back to the Fifth Station. Day 10 Kawaguchiko Free day: Today is a free day to explore the Kawaguchiko area. Your tour guide will give you information and directions for the day. It’s also a chance to just relax around Lake Kawaguchi or enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Fuji from the top of Mt. Kachikachi. Day 11 Kawaguchiko to Tokyo: We will transfer to Tokyo this morning by trains. Tokyo has many sites and attractions enough to entertain you for several days. Day 12 Tokyo: Today is a free day to explore the city. Your tour guide will give you information and directions for the day. We will have the last group dinner and celebrate the end of the tour (meal expense not included) Day 13 Departure day: The tour will finish after breakfast.You can checkout at your convenience in the morning.

$172.13 Cultural & Theme Tours

1-Day Nagano to Matsumoto: Castles and Culinary Explorations

Meet your guide at JR Nagano Station at 8:45 (your guide will be there at 8:30).  He/she will take you to your vehicle which will ride through Japan’s countryside to the castle of Matsumoto.Having arrived to the city, your guide will show you the castle and gardens of Matsumoto. The castle is one of the 4 last original castles and has been named a National Treasure of Japan. The castle was built 400 years ago and is still impressive, with black and white walls, giving it the nickname the “crow castle”. The interior is well maintained, and has steep stairs leading all the way to the top floor from where you can see all over the city. You’ll have free time to explore all of the castle or to stroll around the gardens. Matsumoto Castle is a must-visit when in Nagano Prefecture.After two hours of exploring the castle and its surroundings, your guide will take you back on your vehicle and take you to a local miso factory where you will learn about the fermented soy beans. Nagano prefecture produces almost 50% of all the miso in Japan. The miso factory you’ll see is one of the rare remaining miso factories that still makes the fermented soy bean paste according to traditional method. A miso worker will be waiting for you and will show you some of the factory. After learning about miso, get comfortable and enjoy a lunch at the miso factory.Get back in your vehicle and make your way to a local sake brewery. Nagano has the second largest number of sake breweries in Japan, owing to its clear water and clean rice production. In order to make good sake you need these two ingredients to be of good quality and Nagano prefecture has that down. The sake brewery has a history of over 150 years  and produces various kinds of the ricewine. Here you can sample some some of their sake while your guide will explain all about how to recognize good sake.From the sake brewery your driver takes you the Wasabi Farm of Daio. The Daio Wasabi Farm which was founded in 1915 and has grown into the biggest wasabi farm of Japan. Due to the fresh water that springs from underground it is possible to grow wasabi here all year round. While at the farm it is recommended to try fresh wasabi grated straight from the root. Even those not good with wasabi will be surprised by its fresh flavors. Not only can you try fresh wasabi, but also one of the many wasabi flavored foods and drinks, such as a fresh wasabi soft serve or a wasabi beer.At 16:00 your guide and driver will take you back to the bus and head to Nagano Station where you arrive at 17:30 approximately. Continue with your travels through Japan after your guide says his/her goodbyes to you.