The stunning Matsumoto Castle
The stunning Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Museum of Art, work of Yayoi Kusama, a famous Japanese contemporary artist, an attraction visited on Garden and Art Tour of Japan by Journey to the East
Tulpis by Yayoi Kusama outside the Matsumoto City Art Museum

Matsumoto

Matsumoto is a small city located in the Central Alps region of Japan. The most famous symbol of Matsumoto is the stunning Matsumoto Castle. The castle is one of twelve original castles remaining in Japan and is unique due to its black wooden appearance. Other places of interest in Matsumoto include the nicely preserved Nakamachi warehouse district and the City Art Museum which features the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, famous for some of the artwork on the art island of Naoshima like the polka-dot pumpkin.

 

Stay

The Matsumoto Marunouchi Hotel is located a short 2 minute walk from the castle. The hotel is within approximately 10 mins walk from JR Matsumoto Station or a short taxi ride.

 

Location

Tokyo - it is approximately three hours by direct Limited Express Azusa train from Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Takayama - from Matsumoto a bus or private vehicle can cross the mountain range to nearby Takayama in approximately 90 minutes.

Matsumoto is also well located for visits to the natural scenery of Kamikochi, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, or the Okuhida region.

 

Events

The timing of the cherry blossoms can vary from year to year but the cherry blossoms in Matsumoto are usually at their peak in mid-April. There are often some small events around the Matsumoto Castle moat area during cherry blossom season.