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Matsumoto Castle, Japan

Matsumoto

The gateway to the Japan Alps

Matsumoto tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

Matsumoto

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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Special offers in Matsumoto

An image of Hakone cable car in front of Mount Fuji on a bright sunny day.

Timeless Japan with APT

12-day escorted tour from £5,495 pp incl. flights

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offer

Early Bird discount – Save up to £310pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

Embark on an unforgettable escorted tour with Travelmarvel by APT journeying through Japan, where ancient traditions blend seamlessly with modern innovation.

Top itineraries in Matsumoto

Hakone, Japan

Tokyo, Hakone and the Japanese Alps

16-day tailor-made holiday from £6,695 pp incl. flights

Stepping out from Japan's capital, you'll explore an alpine world of ancient shrines and samurai, ride the mighty bullet train and stay in traditional ryokan inns surrounded by a sublime natural world.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0689 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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