The laidback city of Matsumoto is one of the main gateways to the Japan Alps, a range given its name by the British missionary and climber Reverend Walter Weston, who mapped the peaks in the 19th century.
Matsumoto-jo, the city's striking five-tiered castle, is the main attraction, but there are some other nice surprises here too. One of these is Nakamachi, a street running parallel to the Metoba River lined with old white-walled houses, some of which have been converted into ryokan (inns) and shops.
This district is a good place to try the local soba noodles.
Top itineraries in Matsumoto
Step out of Japan's capital and explore an alpine world of shrines and samurai frozen in time. Board the mighty bullet train, sleep in timber ryokan inns, stay in hot onsen springs and more on this tailor-made journey.
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