What is there to do besides visit the castle? Plenty!
It is now easier to find and book Japanese cultural experiences in Matsumoto. The new Matsumoto Experience website was made by locals and introduces hands-on activities in the city and surrounding area. The website is offered in English and provides a direct booking form. All activities on the site have been tried by foreign residents of Matsumoto. Whether this is your first visit to Japan or you live here, you could discover something new to try. The wide variety of activities will satisfy interests in traditional clothing, food, music, or the outdoors. Visit https://matsumotoexp.com/.
Current activities include:
- Kimono & Yukata Rental
- Samurai Sword Fighting
- Taiko Drumming
- Miso Brewery Tour and Lunch
- Soba Noodle Making
- River Cruising by Raft
Bookings are handled by the Experience Information Center in Shinmai Media Garden between Matsumoto Station and the Castle. Feel free to pop in if you are in the area and want to see what is available. You can also find Matsumoto Experience on Facebook @matsumotoexp and Twitter @MatsumotoExper1.
Experience Information Center
Shinmai Media Garden
Open Wed, Thu, and Fri
* Open Wed–Sun from Oct. 9 through Feb.
Matsumoto is accessible by direct express train from both Tokyo and Nagoya. See the Visit Matsumoto Access page for a comprehensive list of ways to access Matsumoto.