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The Matsumoto City Museum of Art ({sp, Matsumoto-shi Bijutsukan) is a museum in Matsumoto dedicated to showcasing the work of artists associated with the city. The museum's main attraction is its collection of works from the world famous Matsumoto-born artist Kusama Yayoi. Kusama was born in 1929 and is internationally known for her hallmark bright and vivid pieces that include one of her most famous works, Pumpkin, on Naoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture.

The collection of the artist's works exhibited at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art include various paintings and sculptures that were created in her typically vivid and colorful style. Yayoi's work is also exhibited outside the building's main entrance in the form of a large sculpture of tulips that was erected with the museum's founding in 2002. The works of other artists are showcased in a separate section of the museum with exhibits that rotate throughout the year. The museum also houses a shop selling various souvenirs and goods relating to the art.

Getting there and around

The Matsumoto City Museum of Art is around 20 minutes on foot from both Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto Station.

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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. The inn will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At cafe&stay CASTANA each room comes with bed linen and towels. Fukashi Shrine is 2.4 km from the accommodation, 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 shared bathroom is equipped with a bidet, slippers and free toiletries. At the ryokan every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. 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 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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    • 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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    • Iroha Grand Hotel Matsumoto Eki-Mae
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Iroha Grand Hotel Matsumoto Eki-Mae is set in Matsumoto, 2.9 km from The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and 39 km from Mt.Norikura Ski Resort. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Kamikochi is 49 km from the hotel and Kappa Bridge is 49 km away. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a desk. Guest rooms feature a private bathroom, a hairdryer and bed linen. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Iroha Grand Hotel Matsumoto Eki-Mae include Matsumoto Castle, Yohashira Shrine and Fukashi Shrine. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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