Discover Matsumoto

Matsumoto is a city surrounded by mountains. Famous for having one of the most impressive castles in the country, old historical shopping streets as well as a wide array of hot springs, Matsumoto city is place well-worth visiting. 

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

FAQs

Getting around in Matsumoto

The easiest way around Matsumoto is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. 

Getting to Matsumoto

Public transportation:
Travelers who come by train should get off at Matsumoto station.

 

Valid rail passes:

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 4 hours

 

Car rentals:

How long to stay in Matsumoto

We recommend staying here for about one day. 
 

Hotels in Matsumoto

Seasonal information

Cherry blossoms:

The best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan is usually between late March and early April. Although the blooming period can vary slightly from year to year. 

Festivals in Matsumoto

There is one famous festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.
 

  • Matsumoto Castle Taiko Festival

    • Date: July 27th and 28th

    • Time: 17:30 - 21:00

Flights to Matsumoto

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 4 hours

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