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Matsumoto Castle: One of the best preserved castles

  You can’t leave Nagano without visiting Matsumoto Castle! This black and white, six-story castle is a magnificent site with the Japanese Alps in the background. Being one of the oldest castles in Japan–built in...

Marvellous Mingei : Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu

Mingei, meaning the art of the people, is a style that is born from the local people's everyday lifestyle, making it a product of nature and tradition. Items made in the Mingei style of...

Picturesque Matsumoto (8) – The Strange Ice Cream of Matsumoto –

During our visit to Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture, Wattention staff found some very interesting ice cream flavors. Please enjoy these unique finds when you make a trip to Matsumoto and don't forget to...

Picturesque Matsumoto (7) – The Bizarre World of Yayoi Kusama –

At the forefront of the artistic avant-garde movement stands Matsumoto-born artist Yayoi Kusama. She has had many successful exhibitions abroad but her permanent museum is in Matsumoto City. Born on March 22nd 1929, Kusama started painting...

Picturesque Matsumoto (6) – Matsumoto Castle –

Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest original castles still remaining in Japan. Besides being designated as a "National Treasure of Japan" and its beautiful surroundings, the castle holds an immeasurable historical value for...

Picturesque Matsumoto (5) – Ukiyo-e Museum –

Ukiyo-e, also known as Japanese woodblock prints, became a cultural phenomenon during the Edo era (1603-1868). But now they are admired around the world and many Ukiyo-e enthusiasts spend time and money to collect...

Picturesque Matsumoto (4) – Daio Wasabi Farm –

You know wasabi as that green thing they serve with your Sushi, but do you know how it's grown? 32km north from the center of Matsumoto City is a 15 hectares wasabi farm that...

Picturesque Matsumoto (3) – Narai Juku –

Walking along this street makes me feel like a traveler from the Edo period (1603-1868). Narai Juku in Nagano prefecture was the thirty-fourth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendo, one of the old five...

Picturesque Matsumoto (2) – Norikura Snow Wall –

Impressive snow walls will greet you at the top of Nagano prefecture's Mt. Norikura. Thanks to the stable climate on the mountain, you can enjoy skiing even from May until August. The snow corridor is...

Picturesque Matsumoto (1) – Hiking in Beautiful Kamikochi –

Some of the best hiking trails in all of Japan are in the Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture. You can make it as adventurous as you want, climb a high mountain or take a...