In the list of interesting yet offbeat Japan destinations that I have, I just recently added the second largest city in Nagano Prefecture. It’s charming, it’s historic and it’s cradled by the Japan Alps — the city is called as Matsumoto (松本市 Matsumoto-shi, formerly Fukashi).
If I may so myself, Matsumoto is one of Japan’s finest cosmopolitan cities that still have that rural feel. Rest assured, this is the kind of place that can keep you occupied, what with its stunning castle, captivating districts, and enchanting vistas.
To give you an idea on the array of things that you can do in Matsumoto, let me give you my top 10!