Major May Events and Activities Roundup

History / Nature
Wed, May 2, 2018
Major May Events and Activities Roundup

Here are a few of the major events and activities that you can enjoy in Matsumoto during May!

Snow Walls in Norikura

The snow walls are finished and open to the public up on Mt. Norikura! The “Haruyama” bus service that runs from Norikura’s Tourist Information Center to the snow walls started at the end of April and will continue until the end of June. It’s quite an experience to walk through enormous, 10-meter high corridors of snow at the top of the mountain, so this a very popular spring activity in Matsumoto. See more details on the Snow Walls on Mt. Norikuradake page.

Ofune Matsuri “Boat Festival”

One of Matsumoto’s most exciting festivals, which takes place in the Satoyamabe area. Here you can see huge, traditional wooden floats, which are made to appear like boats, get pulled/hoisted/drug/run through the neighborhood by pure manpower. You can easily get to the Satoyamabe area via the Utsukushigahara Onsen Line bus from Matsumoto Station.

Dates: May 4–May 5
Price: Free
See details on the Event Page.

Crafts Fair Matsumoto

This is the place to get your hands on some unique, 100% hand-crafted items ranging from the traditional to the modern. All things sold at the Crafts Fair are made in Japan by skilled craftsmen and women. The entire Agatanomori Parks is filled with booths and tents that you could spend practically all day browsing. There are also several food and drink stalls you can enjoy.

Dates: Sat, May 26–Sun, May 27, 2018
Admission: Free
See details on the Event Page.

Ongoing: Yayoi Kusama’s ALL ABOUT MY LOVE Exhibition

If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out this exclusive exhibition! It features 180 of Yayoi Kusama’s intriguing works and runs until July 22 which will be here before you know it.

Dates: until July 22, 2018
Admission: ¥1,200 for adults
See more details on the Event Page.