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How to travel between Matsumoto and Tokyo

By direct JR limited express train

JR "Azusa" limited express trains require just over 2.5 hours for the journey between Tokyo's Shinjuku Station and Matsumoto. The one way trip costs 6620 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass. There are one or two trains per hour.

By shinkansen and limited express train via Nagano

Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano (80 minutes, multiple trains/hour) and transfer to a JR "Shinano" limited express to Matsumoto (50 minutes, one train/hour). With a good connection, the entire one way trip takes around 2.5 hours, costs around 10,000 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass.

By local trains

By local trains, the one way journey between Tokyo (Shinjuku Station) and Matsumoto along the JR Chuo and Shinanoi Lines takes about five hours, typically requires about three transfers of trains and costs 4070 yen. With a Seishun 18 Kippu you could do the trip for as little as 2410 yen.

By highway bus

Highway buses operate hourly between Tokyo (Shinjuku Bus Terminal) and Matsumoto (Matsumoto Bus Terminal near Matsumoto Station). The one way trip takes just over three hours and costs 3800 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 6900 yen. Discounts apply when tickets are purchased online. Online reservations can be made through Willer.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Getting around

Central Matsumoto can be explored on foot. The castle is about a 15 minute walk from Matsumoto Station. Alternatively, bicycles can be rented for free from multiple locations across the city, including the M Wing Building near the station, the Matsumoto City Museum next to the castle and selected shops and hotels.

The Town Sneakers are four tourist oriented loop bus lines, which cost 200 yen per ride or 500 yen per day (the one day pass also includes a 10% discount on admission to Matsumoto Castle). Buses on each of the loop lines operate approximately every 30 minutes. Besides the "Town Sneaker" buses, there also exists a regular network of city buses.

Hotels around Matsumoto

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    • cafe&stay CASTANA
      Mid-range
      Located in Matsumoto, 6 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, cafe&stay CASTANA provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is situated 3.8 km from Matsumoto Castle, 42 km from Mt.Norikura Ski Resort and 2.1 km from Matsumoto City Museum of Art. The inn features family rooms. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. The rooms include a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Fukashi Shrine is 2.4 km from the inn, while Agatonomori Park is 2.8 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 7 km from cafe&stay CASTANA.
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    • tabi-shiro
      Budget-friendly
      Tabi-shiro is located in Matsumoto, 2.7 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms have a shared bathroom. Tabi-shiro features free WiFi . There is a shared kitchen at the property. Shirahone Hot Spring is 32 km from tabi-shiro, while Matsumoto Castle is 400 metres from the property.
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    • Thank You Hippopotamus Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Only a few steps from Matsumoto Castle, Thank You Hippopotamus Hostel features free Wi-Fi, Japanese-style dorm rooms overlooking the castle or garden and a free-use kitchen. It has a common lounge, a garden and drinks vending machines. The common lounge at Thank You Hippopotamus Hostel has a table with benches, as well as a Japanese-style area where guests can relax on seating cushions on the tatami (woven-straw) floor. The kitchen comes with a microwave and an induction stove. Guests sleep in traditional futon bedding, on a tatami floor. The authentic Japanese-style dorm rooms feature shoji paper screens and antique furniture. Shower rooms and toilets are shared, and amenities are available at a charge. Thank You Hippopotamus Hostel is a 5-minute walk from the Kita-Matsumoto Train Station, and a 10-minute walk from Matsumoto Station on the Shinanoi Line. No meals are served, but shops and restaurants are within a 5-minute walk.
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    • Guesthouse Raicho
      Budget-friendly
      Guest House Raicho offers accommodation in Norikura Kogen in Chubu Sangaku National Park. Mt. Norikura Ski Resort is a 3-minute drive away, and pick-up service to and from the resort is provided every morning. Free WiFi and free parking is available on site. Guests can also enjoy bathing in the sulfur hot-spring, which makes use of pure spring water. Towels and toothbrush are provided at a fee. Kamikochi Sawando Car Park is a 20-minute drive away from the property. Kamikochi Bus Terminal is a 30-minute bus ride from Kamikochi Sawando Car Park, and a 60-minute direct bus ride from Norikura Kogen. Guests can have breakfast at an extra cost upon request. Guests can make their own meals at the shared kitchen on site. Activities available around the area include out-of-area skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing near a waterfall, hiking, cycling and fishing. Guests can also visit the Northern Alps or Matsumoto City, both tourist destinations that can be accessed from the property.
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    • Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the Kamikochi district of Matsumoto, Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge is located 47 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, a few steps from Kappa Bridge and 3 km from Kamikochi. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a sauna, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. At the ryokan, each room comes with a wardrobe. Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge offers a ? la carte or Asian breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace. Guests at Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge will be able to enjoy activities in and around Matsumoto, like hiking. Mt.Norikura Ski Resort is 26 km from the ryokan, while Norikura Tourist Centre is 28 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 27 km from Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge.
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    • Ryokan Seifuso
      Budget-friendly
      Just a 5-minute drive from Matsumoto Castle, Ryokan Seifuso offers a Japanese cultural experience with traditional accommodation, hot public baths and tea ceremony and kimono classes. Free-use bicycles are provided. Located in the Shinshu area of Nagano just 35 km from the natural beauty of Kamikochi, the hotel is about a 10-minute drive from the Matsumoto Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock print) Museum. JR Matsumoto Train Station is a 15-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms include a refrigerator, flat-screen satellite TV and free in-room WiFi. Bathing facilities and toilets are shared with other guests. Seifuso Ryokan is entirely non-smoking. A DVD player and a computer with free internet access are provided in the common area. Fax/photocopying services are available and free parking is offered. Ryokan Seifuso serves fresh, seasonal Japanese cuisine for breakfast. A Western-style breakfast is available on request. Vegetarian diets can also be accommodated.
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    • L-BASE
      Mid-range
      Set in Matsumoto, 5 km south from Matsumoto Station,L-BASE features free private parking. Kishinoyu Onsen and Utsukushigahara Onsen are a 20-minute drive from the property. The property offers 3 different types of guestrooms. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find slippers and a hair dryer. Free WiFi access is available in some rooms. The holiday home also offers bicycle rentals. Matsumoto Castle is a 20-minute drive away.
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    • Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu
      Luxury
      Established in 1887, Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu is Matsumoto's oldest hotel. Building exterior, lobby, restaurants and shops have gone through renovation works in April 2016, and feature classic furnishings. Providing 24-hour front desk, it features a public bath, free-use bicycles and free property-wide WiFi. Well-appointed rooms come with both air conditioning and heating facilities. In-room conveniences include a fridge and a hairdryer. For leisure, guests can explore the town on a bike or enjoy massage services on request. Luggage storage and laundry services are available. Porter service is avaialble for guests staying in the annex building. Kagetsu Hotel is a 5-minute bus ride from JR Matsumoto Station and a 5-minute walk from the historic Matsumoto Castle and Nawate Street.
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    • Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan
      Mid-range
      Located in Matsumoto, 43 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is around 10 km from Kappa Bridge, 22 km from Mt.Norikura Ski Resort and 46 km from Matsumoto Castle. The property is allergy-free and is set 9 km from Kamikochi. All units in the ryokan are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Every room is fitted with a shared bathroom with a bidet and free toiletries. An Asian breakfast is available daily at Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath. Norikura Tourist Centre is 24 km from Nakanoyu Onsen Ryokan, while Matsumoto Shrine is 47 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 29 km from the ryokan.
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    • Hotel M Matsumoto
      Budget-friendly
      Hotel M Matsumoto is a hotel located just a minute's walk from Matsumoto Bus Terminal and a 3-minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station. It features both capsule units and private rooms. Free WiFi is provided throughout the hotel. A public bath is available for men and women with different operating hours. You will find a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage and currency exchange services at the property. Matsumoto Castle is a 10-minute walk away, while The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum is a 10-minute drive from Hotel M Matsumoto.
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