Feel the mountain air in this mesmerising countryside town which is surrounded by high peaks. Matsumoto is a stunning Japanese town with a great food scene and fascinating architecture.
- The oldest wooden castle in Japan
- Culture filled town with a vibrant food scene
- Bathe in an onsen
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In the heart of the town you will find Matsumoto-jō, Japan’s oldest wooden castle. The white and black main keep was constructed in 1595; this gave it the nickname Crow Castle. Book a free tour and learn about the history of the castle which exhibits fascinating items and treasures on each level. Make sure you wear warm socks, as you will need to take your shoes off. Before you reach the top you will stumble across the hidden Samurai floor. Afterwards, take a stroll along the riverside with its beautiful houses and make sure to buy a Taiyaki. This tasty waffle-cake, shaped like a fish, is filled with a sweet filling. Try red bean paste or custard!
In the evening the temperature will cool, so a trip to an onsen (Japanese bathing house) is perfect. Many hotels have them. Feel your muscles relax and enjoy the heat. Some are open to the elements giving you the opportunity to gaze up at the stars. One of those memories you won't forget!
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Have an adventure on the Alpine Route
This is a real journey- full of different types of transport, mountains and the famous Kurobe Dam. After purchasing an Alpine route ticket you will find yourself on trolley buses and lots of different cable cars. Bring warm clothes, as for most of the year there is a lot of snow up there! Kurobe Dam is Japan’s highest dam; stand at the observation deck for a fantastic viewpoint. You will keep getting transported skywards until you reach the highest point of Murodo. Here you can grab a bite to eat, follow one of the hiking trails or even relax in an onsen. Then you will start your descent down to Toyama and potentially drive through the famous snow wall.
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