Matsumoto Castle

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

Get in

By plane

Matsumoto has a small local airport, with commercial flights only from Osaka, Sapporo, and Fukuoka. Travel time to downtown is roughly 20 minutes.

From the closest major airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport near Nagoya, Matsumoto can be reached by rail in roughly three hours by the Meitetsu line and JR limited express train (change in Nagoya). Buses connect Centrair with Matsumoto in around 3 1/2 to 4 hours for ¥3500.

From Narita Airport, Matsumoto can be reached in 4 1/2 to 5 hours by limited express rail service (change in Shinjuku).

By train

Matsumoto station

Matsumoto is located on the JR Shinonoi Line. It is four stops away from Shiojiri, the "mid-point" of the Chuo Main Line between Tokyo and Nagoya. There is a tourist information center inside the train station.

Limited express trains run to Matsumoto from Tokyo's Shinjuku station. The Super Azusa (スーパーあずさ) makes the run in about 2 1/2 hours; the Azusa (あずさ) makes the journey in about three hours (¥6710 for both).

Taking several local JR trains will cost roughly ¥4000, getting you from Shinjuku to Matsumoto in around 5-6 hours... in which case, you're better off using a bus (see below).

There's also the option of taking the Nagano Shinkansen Asama (あさま) from Tokyo to Nagano station, then taking the Wide View Shinano (ワイドビューしなの) limited express to Matsumoto (2 1/2 hours, ¥8470).

The Wide View Shinano also runs from Nagoya station, where there are connections with the Shinkansen line (towards Kyoto and Osaka). The run from Nagoya to Matsumoto takes 2 hours on the limited express and costs ¥6070; local trains cost ¥3260 and take between 4 and 5 hours, depending on the available trains and connections.

All of the above mentioned rail trips are free when using the Japan Rail Pass.

By bus

Highway buses from JR Matsumoto station connect to Shinjuku in Tokyo (3 hours, ¥3400), Nagoya (3 1/4 hours, ¥3460), and various destinations in the Japan Alps, notably the Oku-Hida Onsen Villages (90 min, ¥2300-2800).

Local bus

There are bus and city bus Matsumoto Matsumoto Electric Railway. Matsumoto Electric railway Discount admission of a tourist attraction to have a day pass co The "Town Sneaker" bus runs four routes around the inner city. One ride is 200 yen (take ticket from machine on entry, then drop the ticket and 200 yen in the clear box on exit) or a day ticket is 500 yen from the bus information office opposite the station. The bus runs infrequently so check the timetable. Town Sneaker Link

Date July 16, 2010, in line 30 minutes east of the Northern Line, South Line Western Line that leaves every 40 minutes.

Get around

Town Sneaker



Walk along the river around Nawate-dōri


Stores in Matsumoto offer pickled wasabi leaves, laquerware, and traditional crafts.

Shopping in Nawate-dōri


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

Matsumoto is also famous for its raw horse meat (basashi).


The backstreets of Nawate-dōri have small lively places where local people have food with drinks.


Go next

Routes through Matsumoto

Nagano Toyoshina(Azumino)  N  E  Shiojiri Okaya

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