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  • National Treasure Matsumoto Castle
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    4.5
    3121 Reviews
    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."

    one of the oldest castles in Japan. you can see the reflection of the castle in the clear water. The red bridge gives it more color.

  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    337 Reviews
    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.

    The Municipal Museum is dedicated to the artist YOYOI KUSAMA, a unique artist with a unique, colorful and eye-catching style.

  • Matsumoto Timepiece Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 1-21-15
    This museum displays a wide range of timepieces centering on a collection donated by antique timepiece researcher Chikazo Honda. The museum has a policy of displaying each timepiece in its collection (which contains more than 1,000 items) in working condition whenever possible. The museum also exhibits a number of phonographs, which have a deep connection to the history of timepieces. The museum is notable for the massive pendulum clock, one of Japan's largest, which is built into the front of the building. The museum is a 10-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station.
  • Matsumoto City Court and Historical Village
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Shimadachi 2196-1
    Focusing on the theme of the modernization of Shinshu (Nagano), the Matsumoto City Historic Village contains a collection of precious buildings from the early Edo period through the Showa period. The Former Matsumoto Branch Court of Nagano District Court, a Prefectural Treasure, is a courthouse built in 1908 and is designed in the modern Japanese architectural style representative of the Meiji period. Visitors can also see a variety of other structures in the museum, such as Former Silk Mill of Showa Manufacturing Company and the Birth Home of Naoe Kinoshita.

    If you like open air architectural museums then this one is worth visiting. You can get there by bus (west entrance of the station) or by train (170 yen) and an easy 15 minutes walk (map to find the...

  • Nomugi
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 2-9-11
    This popular Shinshu (Nagano) soba restaurant serves thin-sliced kyuwari soba (noodles made with 90% buckwheat and 10% flour) made only with buckwheat flour from the Ono District in Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture. Nomugi only serves fresh-made soba and closes when the day’s supply runs out; accordingly, it is common to find a line in front of the shop. The restaurant only serves simple zaru soba (soba served on a draining basket with dipping sauce) and soba in broth with five toppings—shiitake mushrooms, fried tofu, spinach, nori (edible seaweed sheets), and eggs. There are also only 12 seats in the restaurant.

    We visited Nomugi after reading about it in Lonely Planet and Im really glad we did. It felt like a very authentic soba shop. They dont speak English but they have a menu/guide to eating soba in...

  • Berami Doll Shop
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-7-23
    This doll shop continues to sell Matsumoto oshie-bina, Japanese hina dolls made using raised cloth, a tradition which dates back to the Edo period. This is the only shop in Matsumoto City which still makes oshie-bina dolls. In addition to hina dolls, the shop is filled with oshie-bina doll decorations themed after the Seven Gods of Fortune and the folktale for Momotaro. Berami’s hina dolls are placed on a bamboo skewer and are the perfect thickness, winning them popularity for the ease with which they can be set up and used as decorations. A 12-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station.
  • Awanoyu
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    4.0
    191 Reviews
    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.

    This is a traditional Japanese Ryokan. Not new, not modern, but the real experience. The rooms are big, clean and comfortable. Its located in the middle of nowhere. We got there by car, in winter...

  • 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.
  • Kawara Record
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Shimizu 1-1-2
    This event venue was built in an old repurposed house in a residential neighborhood not far from Aeon Mall Matsumoto. It has a unique system of shoeless dancing on the tatami-mat dance floor and DJ booth, and of course club goers and artists alike love it for the high quality sound system. It is perfect for music events.
  • coto.coto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-4-19
    This is a gallery on Nakamachi Street in Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City, an area full of storehouses with thick earthen walls distinctive for their black namako (raised plaster stripes) on a white background. Based on the concept of “enjoy and live with art,” it displays and sells various artists’ arts and crafts. The interior with its simple construction and white color scheme is a space like that of a studio with a harmonious balance of old and new items. They carry a large number of miscellaneous goods that indicate the energy of the young artists who crafted them, and the gallery also host events on an irregular schedule.
  • Baikouan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Prefecture Matsumoto-shi Shirahone hot spring
    This restaurant serving up local cuisine in the hot spring town of Shirahone in Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City is also a day trip hot spring facility. Inside the dignified building that really conveys its history guests can enjoy a very Japanese space with tatami seating and irori (sunken hearth). Their famous product is Yu-no-Hanazen offering a set of items such as okayu (thin rice porridge) cooked with the hot spring water as well as sweetened boiled rainbow trout. The soba is also popular for its local taste and there are various soba dishes on the menu such as Tagoto Soba and Toji Soba. The rotemburo open-air bath that draws 100% of its warm water from the source is a great place to relax and enjoy a bath while taking in a view of magnificent nature.
  • Okinaoo
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 2-4-10
    This yoshoku (Western-style Japanese food) restaurant located approximately 10 minutes on foot from JR Matsumoto Station is a long-established venue that has continued to keep the same tastes since its founding in 1933. Time seems to pass by slowly inside the retro space with its well-worn furniture as jazz and classical music play in the background. Their famous item is the Beef Stew that uses a slow-cooked demi-glace sauce. They also offer many popular beloved menu items that surpass the era such as omuraisu, hayashi (hashed) rice and Bankara Katsu Curry (rice with pork cutlet).

    We stopped by for lunch on a cold day. We tried the pork tonkatsu with Japanese curry and a tonkatsu sandwich. The curry was good but the tonkatsu was pretty average and not too juicy. They also had...

  • The Former Kaichi School building
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    4.0
    276 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Kaichi 2-4-12
    This elementary school opened in 1873 as the Dai-ni Daigaku-ku Dai-ichiban Shogaku Kaichi Gakko. The current structure was built in 1876, and approximately 70% of the construction expenses were funded by donations from the townspeople. It is a representative structure of Giyofu Kenchiku (imitation of Western-style architecture) and inside are displays of materials that give the visitor an impression of what it looked like back then.

    This is a very interesting historical site in terms of the education system and how it developed in Japan. The architecture is also very unique. The building is in great condition, with beautiful...

  • Kaiundo Main Store
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 2-2-15
    This long-established western sweets shop founded in 1884 was given a new building in 1998, and features a simple yet innovative design that blends in to the townscape of the Matsumoto castle town. Their representative sweets are the steamed confection Kaiun-oimatsu and Japanese style nougat Shinmito. With a cute swan as its icon, their western-style sweet Swan Lake is also popular and is frequently featured in magazines. They have a soft ice cream robot inside the store, and guests can purchase their treat by operating the touch panel themselves. The closest station is Matsumoto Station.
  • Chez Momo
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-4-16
    Located in the Ote district of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, this confiture (jam) specialty shop has a fashionable and eye-catching exterior that calls to mind a café on a street corner in Paris. Normally they have about eight different types of confiture that are carefully made with seasonal fruit, and the cute products packed into glass jar containers are popular as souvenirs. They also sell baked sweets that go well with the confiture full of the natural food taste. The name of the shop means “House of Momo” in French.
  • cafe chiiann
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-2-13
    Cafe Chiiann is a small cafe located on a narrow street off Nakadori in the city of Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. It is housed in a restored Meiji period storehouse. The interior is a pleasant space filled with the warmth of wood, and it is popular with female customers. The menu includes pots of tea, carefully brewed drip coffee, and superb sweets that go well with fine tea or coffee. It is an ideal place to ignore the passage of time and just relax.

    We stumbled across this cafe (down a side alley) and had a very nice coffee and scone. It has very modern decor and is in a restored warehouse which makes it well worth a visit.

  • TOCA by lifart…
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-3-17
    Located in Ote, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, this candle and miscellany shop also features a candle factory in the back of the store. Owner and candle-maker Takayuki Nishimaki has a brand “lifart…” whose products are sold along with crafts and miscellany selected to make everyday Japanese life more colorful. Scented candles made of plant materials, and beautiful color-gradation candles are popular as gifts.
  • Chuo Mingei Showroom
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-2-12
    This show room for Matsumoto Mingei Kagu (Matsumoto Folkcraft Furniture) is located approximately 15 minutes on foot from Matsumoto Station and is a building of earthen storehouse construction befitting a castle town. The Western-style furniture made with wood from the tough and tenacious Japanese cherry birch is very durable and the longer it is used the more its appeal increases. In addition to displaying and selling nearly 400 pieces of furniture including chairs, tables, and desks on a regular basis, they also carry many folk items from around the world that are sure to add color to everyday life.
  • THE GOSENJAKU
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi 4468 Kamikochi 5-chome Hotel 2F
    This restaurant located on the second floor of the Gosenjaku Hotel facing the Azusa River in Azumi Kamikochi of Nagano Prefecture’s Matsumoto City is open to non-hotel guests only during lunch time. Inside the dignified atmosphere with antique-style furniture from Matsumoto Mingei Kagu (Matsumoto Folkcraft Furniture) they offer up authentic French cuisine that is the pride of the hotel. Guests can choose the course’s main dish from among four options including the Beef Stew using a demi-glace sauce that remains unchanged since the restaurant’s founding, and fresh fish caught in Toyama Bay.

    The food in this hotel is sublime , I stayed 2 nights & the evening meal was absolutely fantastic. The best beef I had in my stay in japan. On the ground floor the cheese cake in the coffee shop is...

  • Restaurant Taiman
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Ote 4-2-4
    A high-class French restaurant located near Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, the building has a French-Alsatian look with white walls crawling with ivy. The interior furniture and furnishings are unified by imposing Matsumoto mingei furniture, and the chic color scheme creates a calm mood. Only the most scrutinizingly selected ingredients are used. You can enjoy genuine course dining with seasonal ingredients in a space visited by noteworthy individuals and members of the Imperial household.

    Enjoyed a one day trip to Matsumoto while I was in Nagano. We came across this lovely French restaurant via TripAdvisor. Great atmosphere, friendly and professional service and the food was simply...

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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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