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What to Do in Matsumoto

What to Do in Matsumoto

Index

  • Go Shopping in Nakamachi

  • Take a Stroll Around a Beautiful Castle Town

  • Take Part in a Citywide Festival

  • See Reconstructions of Neolithic Homes

  • Go Shopping in Nakamachi

    Nakamachi is the name of the area just south of Matsumoto Castle, and lies along the bank of the Metoba River from Daimyocho Street to just past Ohashi Bridge. In the Edo Period, this was the center of town and was a prosperous merchant district. Today the area is easily recognized by the ubiquitous buildings decorated with namako kabe, a white and black traditional lattice pattern typical of storehouses in this part of Japan (actually, you’ll find this style of architecture all over the city). It’s nice to take a stroll through this picturesque area and check out the family owned cafes, shops, and local crafts. There are a few temples and shrines in the area, most notably Yohashira Shrine, famous for its large torii that rests near the river.

    Go Shopping in Nakamachi

    Go Shopping in Nakamachi

  • Take a Stroll Around a Beautiful Castle Town

    Nakamachi isn’t the only area that retains a bit of Matsumoto’s feudal past. Actually, you can find old warehouses, shrines, and temples all around town. Even a leisurely stroll around the back of the castle (where most tourists don’t go), will bring you directly to Matsumoto Shrine which is home to the tutelary deities of the castle and gives you some alternative angles for viewing it that are of interest to photographers. The clean air and compact nature of the city means it’s easy to just explore alleyways and side streets without worrying about getting lost. You can also borrow free bikes from the city or rent electric-assist bikes at the station from Orix Matsumoto.

    Take a Stroll Around a Beautiful Castle Town

    Take a Stroll Around a Beautiful Castle Town

  • Take Part in a Citywide Festival

    On November 3rd, which is Culture Day, the city combines two major events, the Matsumoto Citizens Festival and the Castle Festival. The castle grounds have a number of events, including people dressed up in Edo Period clothing, and children’s kendo and naginata competitions, all of which are free (climbing the tenshukaku still costs money). Also many of the roads from the station to the castle are closed to traffic and food stalls and booths of all kind are set up, with the local shrines bringing out their o-mikoshi (portable shrines) and parading them through the street.

    Take Part in a Citywide Festival

    Take Part in a Citywide Festival

  • See Reconstructions of Neolithic Homes

    Hiraide Iseki is a collection of reconstructed dwellings of ancient settlements that were excavated in the area. The reconstructions demonstrate how the indigenous people of Japan lived in the Jomon Period, the Kofun Period, and the Heian Period. There area began as a village of neolithic hunter-gatherers, but eventually evolved into an Emishi settlement that traded with the Yayoi people and possibly the Yamato State. Though technically not in Matsumoto, Shiojiri is an easy 20 minute train ride away.

    See Reconstructions of Neolithic Homes

    See Reconstructions of Neolithic Homes

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    Nakamachi Street
    rating 352 Reviews
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Chuou 3-2-14
    Phone
    0263361421
    Matsumoto Shrine
    Address
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Marunouchi 10-37
    Phone
    0263328514
    Hiraide Ruins
    Address
    Nagano Shiojiri-shi Soga Hiraide
    Phone
    0263523301
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