An excellent base for exploring the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto is best known for its stunning and original castle, a National Treasure of Japan, often referred to as Crow Castle owing to its black exterior. Built in the late 16th century, Matsumoto Castle was built on flat land, as opposed to a hillside and is an impressive structure of gatehouses and wall complexes surrounded by a series of moats.
Highly recommended for a visit is Matsumoto’s Nakamachi-dori, a street of wonderfully preserved old buildings hosting shops, restaurants and ryokan inns. Art lovers will be interested in the vast collection of ukiyoe (woodblock prints) in the Japan Ukiyoe Museum, while food lovers will want to visit Daio Wasabi Farm for tastings and products.
Hoshino KAI Matsumoto
Offering exclusive and deluxe Japanese-style accommodation, the Hoshino KAI Matsumoto is a boutique hot spring ryokan, serving exquisite Japanese cuisine, where you can relax away any tension in the hot spring baths and enjoy nightly music concerts.
Hotel Marunouchi Matsumoto
Hotel Marunouchi Matsumoto sits in the heart of the mountain city of Matsumoto, adjacent to the 16th century Matsumoto Castle, offering modern accommodation of an international standard, making this a comfortable base from which to explore.