Matsumoto City Museum of Art


This sleek museum has a good collection of the work of Japanese artists, many of whom hail from Matsumoto or whose art depicts scenes of the surrounding countryside. Highlights include the striking avant-garde works of local-born, internationally renowned Kusama Yayoi.

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2. Matsumoto Timepiece Museum

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3. Matsumoto-jō

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