The main attraction is of course the castle, but all around the town along small streets, you can find shops selling all sorts of interesting things.
From paper dolls, souvenirs, to vintage items, food stuff. It's actually possible to walk around the town but of course an alternative is to rent a bicycle to travel in and out of small streets where the buses do not take you.
It's a very quiet and laidback kind of a city. The pace of life is slower and you can really enjoy your surroundings.
I would recommend to visit this city if you just want to relax and enjoy
Hard to get to, Matsumoto is a nice reward after a long journey. I recommend the castle, as it's certainly unique amongst the many dotted over the Japanese scenery.
Be sure to bring some gloves, a jacket, and some thermals if here in winter. It gets icy cold. You're in a valley near the Japanese Alps, and the wind bites with a grip that won't let go. If interested in soccer there is a popular team that resides here (Matsumoto Yamaga), but you'll need to give yourself at least 50mins if setting out for a game from the bus station at Matsumoto Station. Enjoy.
on Sunday the main street closes to vehicles. many people go out and there are street shows. we saw a drums performance played by girls, and a singer.
around the casstle there are many food stalls.
As a base, Masooto is great. Kamikocki is a great place at the foot of the a Ps. You can walk along swift flowing streams, looking at the mt Hokato range towering above, or be ore adventurous and tackle some of the mountain trails.
There are campsites and lodges for seriou climbers, or just relaxing in a beautiful place.
It is a nice and quiet place for relaxation and enjoyment of good food. The Matsumoto Castle is the main attraction of the place.
It is very nice looking black castle. From here, travellers can move on the Alpine route to enjoy beautiful scenery.
Matsumoto was a gem of a city. Lots of quirky little shops with really good crafts. The castle is the best (and most original) in Japan and well worth a look.
The trip out to Kamikochi took quite a long time and was expensive (around $70) so it would be worth staying at a lodge in the actual park rather than doing a day trip - altho totally do-able from Matsumoto if you leave fairly early. Kamikochi was really superb and worth visiting. We did a 7 kms walk (all easy on well travelled paths).
Apart from the great Matsumoto castle, matsumoto is also close to many Nature attractions, and trekking tracks, such as Kamikochi, Shrahone onsen and Japan Alpine route, you can use Matsumoto as a base to arrange one day trip to explore those areas.
Beautiful little city to look around and the surrounding areas are also wonderful. Free bikes are available in the citizen's center.
Matsumoto has nice feel about it. Flower lined footpaths, shops with beautiful clothes and gifts for sale.
Interesting old shops as well. Its quite small (population around 2000) but that makes it easy to get around. Its well located to reach spas and ski areas.
It felt like the real Japan, the old fashioned markets, the castle, the doll museum, the wood block museum and the friendly people.
English not as widespread as other cities, but it didn't matter, we loved it.
The guidebook said positive things about Matsumoto and we thought it was justified.Lovely small city with some nice attractions.
Well worth putting in as a stopover in your itinerary between Tokyo and Kyoto.
It is a nice town with proximity to Kamikochi or Shinhotaka. Matsumoto downtown are modern with shops and department stores.
We did not spend much time in downtown Matsumoto. Just made a quick stop to see the castle. We stayed one night here and proceed to shinhotaka ropeway early morning of the next day.