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Matsumoto Castle, Japan


The gateway to the Japan Alps

Matsumoto tailor-made holidays


The laidback city of Matsumoto is one of the main gateways to the Japan Alps, lying stunningly in the shadow of seven enormous summits, many above 3000m, and the stunning highlands of Utsukushi-ga-hara-kōgen.

Striking architecture

In a valley with panoramic Alps views, Matsumoto was 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's also 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.


Famed gastronomy

This district is also a superb place to sample Matsumoto’s famed gastronomy – its soba buckwheat noodles in traditional cafes, alongside beautiful vista views, charming streets and galleries.  Relaxed and cosmopolitan, it’s also well known for its sake breweries, tucked away among the traditional buildings of its backstreets.


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Top itineraries in Matsumoto

Shirakawago, Japanese Alps

Tokyo, Hakone and the Japanese Alps

16-day tailor-made holiday from £6,735 pp incl. flights

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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