Attractions

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Matsumoto-jō

Must-see Matsumoto-jō is Japan's oldest wooden castle and one of four castles designated National Treasures – the others are Hikone, Himeji and Inuyama. The striking black-and-white three-turreted donjon (main keep)…
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Utsukushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum

Atop Utsukushi-ga-hara-kōgen plateau you'll find this seemingly random sculpture garden with some 350 pieces, mostly by Japanese sculptors. The surrounding countryside provides an inspiring backdrop. Nearby are plea…
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Matsumoto Open-Air Architectural Museum

Adjacent to the better-known Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, amid fields and rice paddies beneath the gaze of the Alps, stand these five examples of striking late Edo- and early Shōwa-era architecture for you to explore. The …
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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum

Housing more than 100,000 woodblock prints, paintings, screens and old books, this renowned museum exhibits but a fraction of its collection. The museum is approximately 3km from JR Matsumoto Station (about ¥1600 by…
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Nawate-dōri

Nawate-dōri, a few blocks from the castle, is a popular place for a stroll. Vendors along this riverside walk sell antiques, souvenirs and delicious tai-yaki (filled waffles in the shape of a carp) of varying flavou…
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Former Kaichi School

A few blocks north of the castle, the former Kaichi School is both an Important Cultural Property and the oldest elementary school in Japan, founded in 1873. It opened its doors as an education museum in 1965. The b…
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Matsumoto City Museum of Art

This sleek museum has a good collection of Japanese artists, many of whom hail from Matsumoto or whose works depict scenes of the surrounding countryside. Highlights include the striking avant-garde works of local-b…
Museum in Matsumoto

Matsumoto Timepiece Museum

Home to Japan's largest pendulum clock (on the building's exterior) and over 300 other timepieces including fascinating medieval Japanese creations, this museum shows Japan's love of monozukuri, the art of creating …