Spots in Matsumoto / Kamikochi Area

  • Kamikochi
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi
    Kamikochi is an approximately 1,500 meter high gorge in the Chubu Sangaku National Park. Known as one of the top mountain scenic spots in the country it is designated as a special place of scenic beauty and natural monument. It is a gateway to the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) and many tourists, mainly climbers and photographers visit each year. To help protect the environment the use of cars is restricted so it is recommended to use a shuttle bus service or taxi.
  • National Treasure Matsumoto Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Marunouchi 4-1
    "Matsumoto Castle is said to feature Japan's oldest surviving five-storied six-floor pagoda. It is one of the few castles designated as a National Treasure, and maintains the image of the past. The black and white contrast of the castle rising amid the Alps in the background is beautiful, and the castle has become a symbol of Matsumoto City. In addition to the castle facilities of the Sengoku period, such as the stone drops meant to rebuff invaders, or samurai windows or the gun slits, there are exhibits such as the ""Matsumoto Castle Gunhouse"" centered around matchlock guns, and artifacts unearthed during the ninomaru palace excavation performed from 1979-1984. In the precinct, you'd do well to see the black gate with eave roof tiles marked with the family crests of historical castle lords, or the taiko gate which was restored in 1999."
  • Awanoyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi 4181 (Shirahone Onsen)
    This famous ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in Shirahone Onsen boasts over 100 years of history since its establishment. Visitors can enjoy the unique scenery of the season from the large outdoor bath; there is also an indoor bath and private reservable baths. All baths are continuously fed directly from a natural hot spring. The large outdoor bath is mixed sex; however, the bath’s opaque milky white waters and separate entrance for women have won it repute as being easy for women to enter compared to other mixed sex bathing facilities. Non-guests can also enjoy a day trip of bathing in the inn’s baths.
  • Taisho Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi
    A pond which reflects the Hotaka Mountain Range, Taisho Pond was formed in 1915 when Mt. Yake experienced a major volcanic eruption. The trees that once grew where the pond is now have withered away and stick up straight out of the pond’s waters; reflecting off the surface, they create a mysterious, magical sight. Taisho Pond is one of the most picturesque spots in Kamikochi.
  • Norikura Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture
    A highland located east of Mt. Norikura in Azumi, Matsumoto City. A popular mountain tourism destination, facilities such as hotels and motor home campgrounds can be found in the area, as well as a large number of walking paths. Events such as Mt. Norikura sunrise bus tours and starlight tours are also held in the area.
  • Matsumoto Alps Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Arigasaki 2455-11
    A park located in Arigasaki, Matsumoto City. The park has a zoo and hosts the Matsumotoshi Yama to Natural Museum, which offers a sweeping view of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps). There's also a 630 meter long coaster slide and variety of other playground equipment. From adults to children, the whole family can enjoy an entire day here.
  • Roadside Station Imai Megumi-no-Sato
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Imai 886-2
    A roadside station situated along Prefectural Route 298 in Imai, Matsumoto City. The station sells fresh fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products and processed foods from Imai, the top farming area in the city. The station also has a restaurant serving dishes based on the concept of local production for local consumption such as handmade soba noodles; and a community center which can be used for local products exhibitions, farming workshop classes, and indoor sports.
  • Roadside Station Fuketsu-no-Sato
    Transportation
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi 3528-1
    A roadside station situated along the old Nomugi Kaido highway in Azumi, Matsumoto City. The station has a shop selling Nagano specialty products such as inekokina pickles, said to be the progenitor species of coleseed. There's also a farm-fresh shop and restaurant serving noodle dishes and set meals. In addition, visitors can tour the Fuketsu wind cave, a natural refrigerator used since ancient times to store food; and take a Miyama-ori weaving class.
  • Nomugi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsumoto-shi, Nagano Prefecture
    A pass located in a nature park established by Gifu Prefecture on the border between Gifu Prefecture and Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. The pass has a walking course and is a popular destination for walking and hiking. Each year in May, the Nomugi Pass Festival is held during which there is a parade of women wearing the clothes of mountain villagers hired in factories during Japan's modernization period, a mochi rice cake pounding competition, and stalls selling local specialty products, and many locals and tourists turn out of the event.
  • Lala Matsumoto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Shimauchi 7412
    A sports facility located in Shimauchi, Matsumoto City. The facility has an indoor wave pool, flowing pool, and waterslides. There are also tennis courts and other indoor sports courts, a baseball diamond and other outdoor sports fields, bathing rooms, and a rest area. The facility makes use of the heat and electricity generated by the adjoining Matsumoto Clean Center garbage incineration plant.
  • Nawate-dori Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-3-21
    This is a shopping area between the southern moat of Matsumoto Castle and the Metoba River, named Nawate-dori Street since it has a long bank much like a rope. It is the reimagining of an Edo period castle town, with 50 shops lined up selling items like antiques and cheap sweets. The area is dotted with stone statues of the Nawate-dori Street symbolic frog, and it is a popular shopping spot just to walk around for both adults and children.
  • Koboyama Ancient Tomb
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Namiyanagi 2-1000
    Eastern Japan's oldest rectangular-shaped ancient tomb, it is located in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. It has been designated as a national historic site and a cultural property of Nagano Prefecture. A mirror with four beasts, ancient magatama (curved bead ornaments) and other artifacts that were excavated from the ancient tomb are exhibited in the Matsumoto City Archaeological Museum. In addition, it is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, and bustles with many people who come to see the 2,000 Yoshino cherries and late-blooming yaezakura cherries when they bloom.
  • Kamikochi Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi 4468
    Located at the entrance to Konashidaira in Azumi-kamikochi, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, the visitor center provides information on the animals and wilderness of Kamikochi. The facility teaches about local wildlife through videos, displays, and lectures; you can also find all the information needed to trek or walk through the area, such as which flowers are in season, local plants and animals, weather forecasts, and safety tips. The facility is only open from late April to November 15 when the Kamikochi area is open to visitors.
  • Yukemuri-kan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Norikura Kogen
    This is a day-trip onsen facility in Norikura Kogen highland in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture that was remodeled and reopened in 2013. Both the inner baths and rotemburo open-air baths allow patrons to take in the natural scenery of Mt. Norikura, and guests can enjoy the hot springs while enjoying their fill of the new green leaves in spring and the changing leaves in autumn. The warm water that is used is natural hot spring water with a milky-white color that is said to have relieved the tired body of warlord Shingen Takeda. There is also a rest area and restaurant on site, and visitors can relax here after strolling or skiing on the highland.
  • Takasome Campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Nagawa 2212-16
    This automobile campground is located 1,200 meters above sea level. It has bungalows, barbecue houses and shower rooms. In addition, there is an observatory where events to look at stars are held in the summer, and you can even see fireflies at the fishing pond. Open from April to around November, it is used by many families mainly on the weekends.
  • Yohashira-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 3-3-20
    This shrine located in the Ote district of Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City mainly enshrines four deities: Ame-no-Minakanushi-no-Kami, Takamimusubi-no-Kami, Kamimusubi-no-Kami, and Amaterasu Omikami. It attracts fervent believers as the deity who connects wishes and makes all requests come true and is also popular as a “power spot” (a location thought to be flowing with mystical energy). Among the locals it is affectionately called Shinto-san. The Shinto Festival is a procession that is held every year from October 1st–3rd, and is a representative festival of Matsumoto bustling with yatai food stalls, exhibitions of butai-hoei floats and an offering of fireworks.
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 4-2-22
    This is a private art museum in the center of Matsumoto City. The museum houses a collection of pieces by artists connected to Matsumoto City such as world-famous avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, calligrapher Shinzan Kamijo, and lifelong Shinshu (Nagano) natural vista painter Kazuo Tamura. Special exhibitions and exhibitions of works submitted by the general public are held at the museum several times each year. A 12-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station.
  • Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Shimadachi New cut 2206-1
    The Sakai collection, as it is called, started with the woodblock prints of sixth-generation Yoshiaki Heisuke Sakai. It was the10th-generation Fujiyoshi Sakai who took the works spanning a period of 200 years and established the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum in 1982 in order to share the precious collection, which includes handwritten works and woodblock-printed books, with the rest of the world. It is the largest collection of 19th-century woodblock prints in the world. It’s a minute by car from the Matsumoto Interchange on the Nagano Expressway.
  • Agatanomori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Agata 3-2102-15
    A park located in Agata 3 Chome, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture. Built on the site of the former Matsumoto Senior High School, the park contains Himalayan cedars planted in the Taisho period and a Japanese garden. The preserved school building is a designated Important Cultural Property and is used as the Agata Forest Park Culture Hall.
  • Chubusangaku National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Toyama prefecture, Nagano prefecture, Gifu prefecture, Niigata prefecture
    It is a national park that was established as one of Japan’s earliest and consists of mountains of the Northern Alps such as the Ushiro-Tateyama Mountain Range, Tateyama Mountain Range and Hotaka Mountain Range. It is home to various organisms that are renowned in Kamikochi such as the Japanese black pine butterfly and the Japanese rock ptarmigan. There are many scenic spots such as Tsugaike Nature Park and Kamikochi and is gaining popularity mainly by climbers. In the area there are many visitor centers, information centers, and museums, making it a base for sight-seeing and climbing. At Sawatari National Park Gate, multilingual brochures are available.

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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