Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) is known for so called "Suzuki Violin Teaching Methods" (see Wikipedia for details).The last photo presents his necessary conditions for early violin teaching (my translation into English):-early violin teaching and learning-good violin learning environments-frequent practice-good leadership-good teaching methodsmore
Kaichi school museum represents one of the oldest Kaichi Elementary Schools in Matsumoto (founded in 1873).The school educated pupils in the dawn of the Meiji period when Japan was pushing hard the development of talents among young pupils and students. It was a nation-wide campaign to catch up the West through intensive Western style of education....more
The center just opened last year (2012). Toyo Ito designed it and is intended for various art and cultural activities. There are one big and another smaller concert halls. This building is worth visitingeven you end up with having a drink in the snack bar/restaurant on the second floor.more
"Narai-Juku" is a post town in Kisokaido. Almost all people pass through this town or spend a night in this town (on way to Edo) during Tokugawa Shougun period. It is one of the most famous post town. The atomosphere of old days can be felt when walking through this town (only 300 meter long).You can see old restaurants, tea shops and souvenir...more
Matsumoto Castle（松本城） is one of the best castles I've seen in Japan. Nice grounds, nice site, and a real original castle.Inside the stairs are very steep in parts, and you can really imagine things as they must have been back in the day.Of the Japanese castles I've seen (closing in on 20), this would be my second...more
9600 yen with breakfast for a twin room. It's right across the road from the station. Rooms are...more
This hotel is only 5 mins walk from JR Matsumoto Station. Very good location as it's near most of...more
8964 Iriyamabe, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, 390-0222, Japan
Good for: Couples
We hit this restaurant by chance. It was almost full house when we arrived. We tried their famous hot pot set dinner, crab & potato coquettes, scallops on hot plate . 2 hot pot options were sold out when we ordered. They also have an English menu. We were on a 2nd floor, sitting on the floor and eat on the low table. Nice Japanese design with dark...more
This restaurant is recommended by one of the locals in Matsumoto. The waiter speaks no English but they have English menu. They had horse meat set menu which we dared not try. 2nd floor is the restaurant. The ground floor sells souvenirs and their food stuff. We tried the soba set menu. The soba has to soak into a cup of cold soup and eat the...more
The Mangetsu-ya restaurant in the suburb of Asama is well situated for backpackers staying at the Asasma HI hostel. It is just a short walk away (go right out of the hostel, left at the first intersection, walk to the next intersection and you will see two restaurants to your right).Inside there is a diner like feel with a Japanese twist. There is...more
Yone Yoshi! Here we ate an excellent meal. The food was excellent!!!! I will warn you to stay away from the bee larve was nasty. We had some yummy sashimi-like horse meat, Sakura nabe (horsemeat sukiyaki), beef set meal, and haichinoko (bee larve). All topped off with some cherry Belgium beer.more
Chikuma is a Japanese pub with fantastic social atmosphere and excellent Japanese food.
One can enjoy sake of many different kinds and seasonable food composed of fresh fish,vegetables and meat. One can easily find people to talk to and drink and joke together.
One needs to visit this pub to find out the essence of Matsumoto life, taste and people.
Dress Code: very informal - almost anything
You can access here via an Express Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station (three hours by JR special express "Super Azusa"). Matsumoto is located in relatively central Japan, and is a convenient transfer point to Tokyo (three hours by JR special express "Super Azusa"), western Sea of Japan coastal town such as Toyama (via the Tateyama Alpine Route trek),...more
Onsen is one of the most loved form of relaxation in Japan. It is totally a relaxing, warm and social experience for the Japanese as well as foreigners. There are numerous hot-spring inns and hotels around Matsumoto. I picked 'Yume no Yu" (dream hot-spring) in Asama Onsen area as its proximity to the City. It was really relaxing and pleasurable...more
Japan is FULL of interesting differences with other countries. For example: TOILETS : Public toilets in Japan are mostly the squating variety although count yourself lucky if you happen to find an electronic 'space rocket' toilet with lots of fancy gagets to play with! TAXIS : Avoid taking taxis as they are exorbitantly expensive but if you do...more
1 Reviews and Opinions
As with other parts of Nagano it is worth warning you of the dangers in winter. Matsumoto is nestled in the Japan Alps and as such is a fairly cold place in winter. Yes, there ARE snowstorms and yes, the roads ARE slippery! Take care!
Luggage and bags:
If you plan on doing a lot of train travel when you are in Japan then I suggest that you decline from bringing large, heavy suitcases. Most train stations in Japan have huge staircases (often no lift) so lugging a big suitcase is not an easy task. I suggest a good backpack would be a good choice.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather gear is essential. I just use an umbrella but there have been times that I have got completely soaked!! I can't buy shoes in Japan so I have had to think carefully before I came about what kind of footwear to buy. Note: Easy to slip on and off shoes are best and if you are going to work in a public building you will need 'indoor' shoes to wear. The Japanese always take their outdoor shoes off before entering their house or work. Matsumoto is pretty cold in winter being up in the Japanese Alps so make sure you have good winter clothes (don't forget your skiis etc!!)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things you will need can be purcahsed here. I don't recommend going to a hospital in Japan unless you really need to. In most cases the pharmacist will be able to help you if you tell them what is wrong and what kind of medicine you are looking for (a phrase book will have this in it).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Matsumoto and Nagano Prefecture in general are great places to experience the outdoors in Japan. Kamikochi (and hour from Matsumoto) is a great place for hiking. If you are into skiing or snowboarding then this is the place to come!
Daio Wasabi farm is the largest in Japan (15h). The spring water supplied by the Northern Alps grow and nourish Wasabi. The nature of Azumino region is beautiful which provides you with the curiosity of Wasabi, Wasabi ice-cream, Wasabi beer, Wasabi cakes, and other foods. It was the best cherry-blossom time that I went to this area. The beautiful...more
I mentioned Hakuba on my Nagano page. I decided that it needs to be mentioned here also as it is actually easier to get to Hakuba by train from Matsumoto. It takes a couple of hours on the local train but doesn't cost a lot. For those of you who aren't in the 'know' Hakuba is one of Japan's most famous ski resorts. It is the place where many of the...more
Most people begin their hikes from Matusmoto and miss out on Hotaka. Rent a bike (300\/hr), then spend the day riding through wasabi fields surrounded by mountains. There are also many painted jizo to see. Don’t forget to have a taste of some wasabi soft ice cream – it definitely has kick! Hotaka is a 30 minute train ride from Matsumoto. To the...more
Wandering the streets of any city is a great way to explore, provided you have a good map! This photo was taken at the Jorinji Temple, in Matsumoto, which we stumbled across one chilly and damp April morning in 2006.The temple is down a side street off Isemachi Street.more
Lit up at night in winter Matsumoto Castle is a beautiful site. In the spring the area becomes decorated in pink and white as the Cherry Blossoms come out. One evening I went to the Castle grounds with some friends for a Cherry Blossom party! See my Japan page to learn more about this tradition!more
Matsumoto Castle. I’ve seen many castles during my stay in Japan and I was not looking forward to seeing this one. However, I have to say that the castle is really beautiful!!! I was also surprised by how interesting it was. There’s a museum at the base and the view from the top is quite nice. The castle ticket also includes admission to the Japan...more