Matsumoto city is a bustling student city in central Nagano prefecture.
Less than three hours by train from Tokyo Shinjuku station or bus from Takayama it is well suited for those who’d like to escape the big city and enjoy some of Japan’s wonderful nature. With history, culture and outdoors combined you might be surprised by just how much you can see and do in Matsumoto.
Perhaps start with our famous castle, which has a four hundred year history and has rightly been designated a Japanese National Treasure. Matsumoto is only in recent years becoming well known internationally as the gateway to the mountains surrounding us. From the top floor of the castle (can you guess how many floors there are before entering?) you will be impressed by the panoramic views of numerous summits. The 3000m peaks of Kamikochi Natural Park are seen to the west and Utsukushigahara highland with its mountainside Sculpture Museum to the east. Matsumoto city is proud to boast that both of these mountain areas are within the city limits. They are just two of the pleasantly cool places in Matsumoto where you can refresh yourself this summer.
Brian at Matsumoto BackPackers
Matsumoto BackPackers (www.matsumotobp.com) is a centrally-located accommodations which welcomes international guests be they budding alpinists or curious travellers who wish to see more than just the major cities on their Japanese adventure.