Matsudo (松戸) is located east of Tokyo, in the northwestern part of Chiba prefecture. It has about 400,000 inhabitants.
Matsudo is located on the JR Joban Line. It is linked to Ueno station in Tokyo by rapid trains running at frequent intervals of 10 min or less. The ride from Ueno takes as little as 20 min (on some midday services, 15 min at a cost of ¥290.
Matsudo also serves as the terminating point on the Shin-Keisei Line, which runs to Tsudanuma (45 min, ¥250). If going to Matsudo from Narita airport, take a Narita Sky Access train and change at Shin-Kamagaya for the Shin-Keisei Line (65 min, ¥1,070). Limousine bus service runs from Narita airport to Matsudo, but it takes longer (2.25 hr) and costs more (¥1,900).
From Haneda airport, there are several ways you can reach Matsudo by train. One example is to take the Tokyo monorail to Hamamatsucho, then take the JR Yamanote Line to Ueno or Nippori, where you can pick up the Joban Line train to Matsudo (Approx. 75 min, ¥850).
Matsudo is a pretty small town and most places can be reached by foot. There aren't a lot of buses actually stopping inside Matsudo, but there are lots of taxis. Both buses and taxis can be found outside of Matsudo station.
- Hondouji Temple, (JR Joban Line, Kitakogane station and a about a 10 min walk), ☎ 047-341-0405. 8AM-4.30PM. Approximately 10,000 Japanese hydrangeas and 5,000 Japanese iris called 'Ajisai' and 'Shoubu are in this temple. In June, a lot of pepole visit it and enjoy watching them. In autumn, the leaves turn red like fire. Red leaves are called 'Momiji' in Japan. A tour called the 'Ajisai tour' and 'Momiji tour' is available. It is open on New Year's Eve and you can ring a bell. It is called "Joya no Kane" In Joya no kane, people pray for happiness and health. edit
- Tosenji Temple. Tosenji temple is near Kitakogane station, Joban line. It takes about 10 min to walk from the station. In the spring season there are a lot of cherry blossoms in the temple, the most beautiful cherry blossom is thought to be the 'Shidarezakura'. During the spring Japanese people go to see cherry blossoms and hold a party under the trees. edit
- Matsudo juku  Sakagawa river a votive lantern festival. This traditional festival has been held at Sakagawa river on Aug.9,10 and has continued tradition of "Toumorokoshi Ichi" since Edo period.
- Peanut sable From the head shop Tokui,Tokiwadaira, 5-9-12,Matsudo. ☎ +81 47 385-1031 or at Isetan department store, Matsudo.
- Nasu no yoichiduke A famous souvenir shop in Matsudo.
- Yoichiduke Made from small eggplants, soy sauce, and malt. Soy sauce is Japanese traditional sauce and is essential for Japanese food. The sauce color is dark brown.
- Good Smile Cafe (Manga cafe), K Building 1st floor 14-13 Matsudo, Matsudo City (Walk out from the west gate of Matsudo Station till you reach Nagareyama Highway and turn right. About 5th building on the left), ☎ +81 47 710-2319 ([email protected]), . Lunch hours are 11:30AM-2:30PM, open shop hours are M-Th 11AM-8:30PM, Fr-Sun: 11AM-9PM. Run by Good Smile Company, opened in August 2010. Eating there is a side event. The main attraction is the shelves of anime and manga figurines and nendoroids made by Good Smile Company. Photography in the cafe-store is OK. Lunch set costs ￥900. edit
- DK House Matsudo is one of the largest international guesthouses in Japan and has 164 rooms. There are four floors of private rooms, with shared restrooms on each floor, and a large, recently renovated kitchen and dining room. The minimum stay is one month, but the rent is much cheaper than a hotel: 50000 yen per month. The manager is an American with a great deal of experience in Japan, so DK House Matsudo is a good place to start a new life in the Greater Tokyo area. If you want to stay there you have to contact them before coming as it is a popular place. [email protected]