Tokyo, Japan's capital, is 100 miles (161 kilometers) east of Matsumoto, while Nagoya is 95 miles (153 kilometers) to the southwest.
While you are in Matsumoto, make sure you spend some time at Matsumoto Castle.
To see why so many holiday-makers go for Nagano as a vacation spot, ensure you schedule in some time to explore the many scenic and cultural attractions around Matsumoto. Ueda and Omachi are two more places worth visiting while you're in Nagano.
Around 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the northeast of Matsumoto is Nagano, an important regional center home to Tsugaike Ski Resort, Jigokudani Monkey Park and Chubu-Sangaku National Park. Hakuba Happoone Ski Area, Togakushi Shrine and Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort are just a sample of the other visitor attractions that await.
Stimulate your mind by spending a few hours at Nagano 's fascinatingaters, craft workshops and art galleries. If the weather is fine, take the time and discover Nagano 's open-air markets, open-air museums and farms.
For those leading a fast-paced life, the ideal vacation is often all about taking the time to relax. When it's time to unwind, do as the locals do and enjoy camping or wildlife watching. Get outdoors and get amongst it in the Matsumoto area. Have a go at mountain climbing or give mountain biking a try.
You won't want to bid "Sayōnara" (farewell) to this interesting part of the world.