1. Japan
  2. Nagano Prefecture
  3. Nagano
  4. Matsumoto Castle

Full-Day Tour: Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley

Product ID: 376861
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This tour will take you to Matsumoto and its famous castle, one of the few remaining castles in Japan. On this guided day-tour, you'll also head high into the grandeur of the Northern Alps and to the alpine oasis of Kamikochi.
About this activity
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Duration: 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the famous Matsumoto Castle
  • Stroll Matsumoto’s quaint ‘Frog Street’
  • Explore the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi
Full description
The tour begins at JR Nagano Station at 8:30 AM. Your guide will greet all guests and quickly have you on your way toward the historic city of Matsumoto. Arriving around 10:00 AM, your guide will lead you along a street known locally as ‘Kaeru Michi’ or ‘Frog Street’. This cute shopping precinct is home to food vendors, craft and antiques stores, and adorned with countless frog statues, memorabilia, and merchandise. Matsumoto Castle is one of Nagano’s most impressive cultural sites, known for its structural beauty set against a splendid mountain backdrop. You will be guided into the castle grounds as your guide reveals the history and features which make it so lauded, before giving you time to explore for yourself.

It’s then time to head high into the mountains, as you are transported into the Northern Alps and onto Kamikochi. Situated 1500 meters above sea level deep within the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is famous for its pristine natural state, beautiful rivers and ponds, lush forests, and dramatic mountain peaks rising to over 3000 meters. Arriving at approximately 1:00 PM, your guide will lead you along a gentle walking trail starting at Taisho Pond and following the stunningly azure Azusa River, through mixed forest and onto the famous Kappa Bridge. 

The next two hours are yours to enjoy as choose. You can choose to stroll further along the river or sit at a café or restaurant, and simply take in the view. At 4:30 PM the tour bus will depart and begin the journey back toward Nagano.
Includes
  • Transportation fee from/to Nagano and all listed destinations
  • Entry ticket to Matsumoto Castle
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch and other food, snacks, and drinks
  • Shinkansen/bullet train tickets
  • Accommodation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you in front of the Information Board, directly opposite the shinkansen/bullet train ticket gates.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Food and drinks
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Please wear suitable shoes and clothing for alpine walking in Kamikochi
• This tour includes a considerable amount of walking. Guests have the option of entering Matsumoto Castle and climbing to the sixth floor using internal staircases. The staircases are steep and should not be attempted by guests who are mobility impaired. At Kamikochi, your guide will lead along the walking trail from Taisho Pond to Kappabashi – approximately 2.7km. Your guide will allow 1.5 hours to walk this trail at a leisurely pace. If you cannot walk the trail, you have the option of going ahead in the tour vehicle and meeting the group at Kappabashi, when they arrive at around 2:30 PM
• This tour does not include lunch however your guide will provide opportunities to buy snacks in Matsumoto
• From 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM, your guide will allow free-time to explore Kamikochi

From £140.18 per person

Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 376861