Japan’s Oldest Castle
Built over 400 years ago, this six-story castle still retains its original wooden structure. Walk through the castle’s halls, climb to the top of the tower, and imagine life as it might have been as you take in Matsumoto’s long history of samurai, ninja, and castle town culture.
The Breathtaking Japan Alps
Surrounded by mountains, Matsumoto is truly a paradise for outdoor lovers. From laid-back nature trails in the stunningly beautiful Kamikochi to the towering, 3,000-meter peaks of Mt. Hotaka and Mt. Yari, here you will find a trail for everyone.
14 Hot Springs with Stunning Mountain Views
If you are hunting for an unforgettable hot spring experience, Matsumoto is the place to be. Soak in outdoor baths with gorgeous outlooks or milky white waters, unwind in spas in the middle of nature or at traditional Japanese inns — the options are endless!
A Countryside Getaway
Had enough of bustling cities and crowded trains? Come to Matsumoto and get a glimpse of a different Japan where you can cycle among the rice patties, meet local farmers at the morning market, and pick sun-ripened, fresh fruits from the orchards.
Yayoi Kusama’s Avant-garde
As birthplace of the world-renowned artist, Matsumoto offers you a closer look at Kusama’s life in the powerful exhibit at the Matsumoto Museum of Art, featuring works ranging from her childhood art to her enormous, awe-inspiring paintings.