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Matsumoto 
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Matsumoto Castle

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An earthquake hit northern Nagano Prefecture on November 22, but Matsumoto was not affected. Read our earthquake update.

Matsumoto (松本) is the second largest city in Nagano Prefecture. It is most famous for Matsumotojo, one of Japan's most beautiful original castles. The city is also a good base for trips into the Japanese Alps, e.g. to Kamikochi, Norikura or the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route.

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Attractions
 1  Matsumoto Castle
Original and relatively complete castle.
User rating: 88/100 (371 votes)
Visited by: 665 users
 2  Daio Wasabi Farm
Attractive wasabi farm outside Matsumoto.
User rating: 79/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 36 users
 3  Japan Ukiyoe Museum
Wooblock prints from a vast collection.
User rating: 73/100 (33 votes)
Visited by: 65 users
 4  Nakamachi
Former merchant district with warehouses.
User rating: 71/100 (102 votes)
Visited by: 188 users
  
Special Interest Guides
  Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Matsumoto.
Side Trips from Matsumoto
 1  Alpine Route
Spectacular route through the Northern Alps.
User rating: 93/100 (122 votes)
Visited by: 268 users
 2  Kamikochi
Popular mountain resort in the Japanese Alps.
User rating: 91/100 (148 votes)
Visited by: 343 users
 3  Norikura
Mountain and highland in the Northern Japan Alps.
User rating: 82/100 (12 votes)
Visited by: 60 users

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34.  Izu Peninsula   826
35.  Aso   812
36.  Kawagoe   707

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English Links
Matsumoto Welcomes You!
Official tourist information.
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Japanese Links
Matsumoto City
Official city website.

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