Matsumoto Discovery - Half Day Walking Tour

Matsumoto, Japan
Welcome Matsumoto Half Day Private Tour

From USD 65.48

Select Date and Travellers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Matsumoto is a vibrant city steeped in arts, history, and culture. It is known for a feudal castle, cafes, folk arts and a traditional shopping district. Whether you are on your way to the Northern Alps or Matsumoto is your destination, see the best of the city with a government licensed local tour guide. Choose from several attractions, including the Matsumoto Castle and museums, for a tour of your own design.
  • Matsumoto city tour by a professional local guide with a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification
  • Choose several attractions to visit, such as Matsumoto Castle, the Matsumoto City Museum of Art and the Japan Ukiyoe Museum, among many others
  • Take in the scenery at the Daio Wasabi Farm in nearby Azumino City
  • Tours can be customized to your specifications

What's Included

  • English or French speaking Guide
  • Entry/Admission – Matsumoto Castle
  • Transportation, miscellaneous fees for you during the activity (snacks, souvenir, etc...)
  • Insurance (Travel Insurance, Private Insurance, etc...)
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Matsumoto Station
    1 Chome-1 Fukashi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-0815, Japan

    At the front of the ticket entrance gate/JR Line ticket office.

End point

  • Matsumoto Station
    1 Chome-1 Fukashi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-0815, Japan

    You will end in downtown Matsumoto at any other location you choose.

What To Expect

Matsumoto Castle

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Nawate Shopping District

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nakamachi Street

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Operated by Welcome Matsumoto

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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14 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-6 of 14 reviews
Wonderful walk and explainer
Andrew_M, Sept 2023
This was the perfect way to get a sense of the layout and history of Matsumoto simply by walking around and orienting yourself to a historical map of Matsumoto. And then to do an informed castle visit, as well. Kevin was a great guide -- recommended!
Best Matsumoto tour
Robin_S, Mar 2023
Matt our English, japanese speaking guide showed excellent knowledge of Matsumoto and of the Matsumoto Casle history. Enjoyed the tour and would recommend totally.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad to hear that you appreciated the history of Matsumoto Castle history and time in town with Matthew! We greatly value your recommendation and we hope you had a wonderful time in Japan!
Matsumoto: Castle town
Christy_Z, Mar 2023
Sylvain was wonderful as a guide. I hadn't planned time for lunch, so he was kind enough to change our tour plans and sat and talked with us as we ate soba at a local restaurant. He also helped me find some ibuprofen for my headache at the drug store next to the train station. On our walk to the castle he pointed out a number of interesting places, including a modern intersection that was the location where two ancient roads had met. I would never have paid any attention to it without him telling us and talking about where the historical castle town overlays with the modern city. He had a lot of neat stories that made exploring the town and castle much more interesting.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the tour! I am delighted to hear that I was able to provide you with a fantastic experience while in Matsumoto, including the castle! It is great to know that I pointed out interesting places and shared historical information with you. It is always our hope to provide our guests with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the places they visit. Thank you again for your kind words, and we hope to welcome you back on another tour soon!
Great tour, Bonus soba making experience!
Stephanie_M, Oct 2020
This private tour was AWESOME! I'm so glad I had Sylvain as a tour guide. he was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. He was careful to point out small details I would have completely over looked. He also suggested other experiences to book in the area which led me to have a much more memorable trip! He has suggestions for whatever you might be interested in. I plan to return to the Matsumoto area, just to see all the other great things he suggested. I will recommend him every time!
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your nice comment and for your recommendation! I am glad to hear that you did like your trip in Matsumoto. I am still happy to share my knowledge and suggestions to provide the most fascinating and enjoyable experience possible. I am looking forward to sharing with you a more unique and enlightening experience here!
Excellente visite en famille
Annecarole_L, Aug 2023
Très bonne visite du château, mais aussi l’occasion de voir quelques bâtiments en ville et d’en apprendre un peu plus sur la vie japonaise. Toute la famille était ravie. (Enfants entre 10 et 15 ans). Merci encore!
Kevin venía muy preparado...
MercAbigail_F, Apr 2023
Kevin venía muy preparado y nos facilitó mucha información sobre Matsumoto, su historia y la cultura japonesa. Muy interesante y con inglés nativo.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Muchas gracias por tomarse el tiempo de dejarnos un comentario sobre su experiencia con nosotros. Nos alegra saber que disfrutó de su visita y apreciamos sus amables palabras.

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