Agatanomori Park in Matsumoto, Japan, is very much a local’s park. This forest park is a great place for families, couples, or people who want to relax in a peaceful and beautiful park. You’ll see animals, ponds, waterfalls, old buildings, and tall trees. You can also learn a bit about Matsumoto history by touring the historical Matsumoto High School building. Although it’s called a “high school,” back in the day the school curriculum was actually the equivalent to what we consider a college curriculum today, and served as the original location for Shinshu University.
Best part: It’s a relaxing place that’s great for tourists yet is designed for those living in the area with lots of nature, amenities, and places to play or relax.
When to go: This is a beautiful park with lots to offer all year round. We recommend going on a nice warm day so you can see some animals, enjoy a snack, and play. Bonus: It’s only 5 minutes from the Art Museum.