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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto (松本) is in Nagano at the eastern end of the Japan Alps.

Get in

By train

Matsumoto is on the Chuo Main Line between Tokyo and Nagoya. Express trains take 2:40, local trains twice that.

By bus

Highway buses from JR Matsumoto station connect to Shinjuku in Tokyo (3 hours, ¥3400), Chubu International Airport and various destinations in the Japan Alps, notably the Oku-Hida Onsen Villages (90 min, ¥2300-2800).

Get around


  • Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō). Completed in 1614, this stately landmark is considered one of Japan's Top 3 Castles. Located 15 min north of Matsumoto station on foot, admission ¥600, open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily.




Matsumoto is mildly famous for its soba noodles, hopefully served with a dab of product from the world's largest wasabi farm nearby.



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