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Below is a list of Matsumoto's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Matsumoto Castle••

Mid April
15 minute walk from Matsumoto Station
Inner grounds: 700 yen, 8:30 to 17:00
Matsumoto Castle is one of the most beautiful of Japan's original castles. There are about 300 cherry trees planted around the castle moats and inside the paid inner grounds of the castle.

Koboyama Park

Mid April
15 minute bus ride south of Matsumoto Station
Admission: Free
Koboyama Park is a unique hill (actually an ancient kofun tomb) in southern Matsumoto City that is almost entirely covered by nearly 2000 cherry trees. The top of the park has views of the Japan Alps across the valley and there many nice spots for hanami picnics.

Joyama Park

Mid April
20 minute bus ride north of Matsumoto Station
Admission: Free
Joyama Park is a medium sized park on the hills north of Matsumoto's city center with some impressive rows of cherry trees and a lawn area.

Alps Park

Mid April
20 minute bus ride north of Matsumoto Station
Admission: Free
A little bit further up on the same hill as Joyama Park (see above) is Alps Park, a spacious community park with a few groups of cherry trees and a beautiful weeping cherry tree. Views of the Japanese Alps can be enjoyed on days with good visibility.

Ratings:    best of the best    best of Japan    outstanding

Getting there and around

Hotels around Matsumoto

Top rated in 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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    • 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
      Featuring a restaurant, shared lounge, garden and free WiFi, Kamikochi Nishi-itoya Mountain lodge is located in Matsumoto, 47 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and a few steps from Kappa Bridge. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a shared bathroom. The ryokan features 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. Kamikochi is 3 km from the ryokan, while Mt.Norikura Ski Resort is 26 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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    • 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. The units in the ryokan are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All units include 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Hotel Tamanoyu
      Luxury
      Hotel Tamanoyu features spacious public hot spring baths, as well as private ones. For further relaxation, it offers massages, Japanese cuisine and small classical concerts. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and facilities are wheelchair-friendly. Tamanoyu offers comfortable rooms with a Japanese or Western decor, all fitted with an LCD TV, a mini-fridge and an electric kettle. Free green tea is provided, and guests are free to roam the hotel in Japanese samue casual wear. Guests can unwind in public spring baths or reserve an outdoor hot spring bath for private use free of charge. Tamanoyu Hotel houses a souvenir shop and drinks vending machines. A Japanese breakfast and traditional multi-course dinner are served at the dining room. Local beers and Japanese sake can be enjoyed at the salon, which often features live classical and fork music. Hotel Tamanoyu is a 10-minute drive from Matsumoto-jo Castle and shopping street Nakamachi-dori, featuring classic Japanese architecture. It's also a 10-minute drive from the historical Former Kaichi School (Kyu Kaichi Gakko).
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