MATSUMOTO 

Local sightseeing including coach tours, Wasabi Farm and Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto City

Matsumoto is a mountain city located in Nagano Prefecture on Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for Matsumoto Castle, a 16th-century stronghold nicknamed “Crow Castle” for its distinctive black walls. This picturesque castle town is nestled between the Japanese Alps and Utsukushigahara Heights (meaning "beautiful plateau"). Matsumoto boasts a surprisingly metropolitan atmosphere while maintaining historical sites and traditions. Nakamachi Street is lined with old merchant houses reminiscent of a bygone Japan. The Japanese Alps loom overhead, with hot springs, ski runs and hiking trails. 

SCHOOL VISIT

Full day school visit and cultural exchange

Matsumoto Homestay Program

EXAMPLE ITINERARY:

 

DAY 1

Arrive in Matsumoto

*From Shinjuku Tokyo: 2hrs 40mins by express train and 3hrs10mins by coach

*From Nagoya: 2hrs by express train and 2hrs 30mins by coach

*From Kyoto: 3hrs by Shinkansen & express train via Nagoya

(Send luggage to the hotel in Matsumoto one day before arrival)

15 mins walk to 'Takagi' for SOBA (buckwheat noodle) making experience and tasting for lunch

2 mins walk to Matsumoto Castle (entering Hommaru Garden & Castle Tower)

Armoured SAMURAI shows up at 2.00pm

5 mins walk to Nawate & Nakamachi Street for shopping

Walk to hotel and check in

Overnight:  Matsumoto

 

DAY 2 

Check-out of hotel and transfer to High School in Matsumoto or surroundings by coach

School visit and cultural exchange at school

Transfer to Takeshi Village by coach

Meet host families.

Overnight: Home stay in Takeshi

 

DAY 3 

Transfer to Kitayatsugatake Ropeway (cable car) by coach

Enjoy a view from the top at an altitude of 2237m

Transfer to Nagato Dairy Farm by coach

Lunch at restaurant in the farm, try fresh milk, icecream, etc.

Transfer to Nagawa town by coach

Washi (Japanese paper) making experience at Tateiwa Paper Village

Transfer to Takeshi by coach

Overnight: Home stay in Takeshi

 

DAY 4 

Say goodbye to host families and transfer to Daio Wasabi Farm by coach

Free time in Wasabi farm. Daio is the largest Wasabi farm in Japan

Transfer to downtown Matsumoto by coach

Tanabata paper doll making experience

Lunch at a restaurant near JR Matsumoto Station

Return to Tokyo or depart for Kyoto

Itinerary subject to change depending on season.

Visit to Nagano and snowmonkeys can be exchanged on Day 3.

IMMERSION

With local students and local guides

From 43,000 yen per person

Including all transport, sightseeing and meals

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