Matsumoto Custom Half Day Tour



This private and customizable tour for Matsumoto city (in Nagano Prefecture) is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace. 

    Discover Matsumoto at your own pace on this fully customizable 4-hour half day private tour with an English-speaking (or other language) tour guide. Create a dream tour that’s perfect for your interests and preferences.

    With many options and attractions to choose from in the city, it may seem easier to just choose a set tour that’s already available out there, but after you book this Custom Tour, we’ll work closely with you on designing the perfect tour that is only for you. To make it easier for you, after the tour is booked, you’ll receive a Custom Tour form with various potential options and themes for you to easily choose from. We’ll also consider all your preferences: whether you are into Japanese culture, history, food, nature and scenery, seasonal experiences such as Winter Illuminations, or other, you’ll be able to easily make your selections and identify any spots on your wish-list before we start planning away for you.

    As for mode of transportation, you’ll have the option to choose public transportation option (utilizing the excellent train and bus systems) or the private vehicle option (with a meticulously clean and comfortable chartered vehicle with personal driver) to take you around the city for your own comfort. The choice is yours. We are just here to make the planning and arranging process easy for you.

    Price: Select number of people under Booking Request for pricing


    • 4-hour fully customized tour with reservations and bookings made on your behalf (restaurant or other venue reservations must fall within tour hours)
    • Transportation within the city only (either public transportation or private vehicle, based on your booking)
    • English-speaking professional tour guide (or other language may be available based on request)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if the hotel is within city center)


    • Meals, food and drinks not specified
    • Fees for optional tours and activities for guests and tour guide
    • Gratuities (optional)

    Location Options:

    • Matsumoto Castle
    • Nawate Street
    • Nakamachi Street
    • Matsumoto city Museum of Art
    • Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
    • National treasure former Kaichi school
    • Yohashira Shrine
    • Hotaka Shrine
    • Wasabi Farm (from late April to early November)
    • Other location as specified by the guest (within city limits)

    Additional Information


    After your booking, you will receive a link to the Matsumoto Form (within 48 hours) that asks for pertinent information required for this booking. Please ensure that this Matsumoto Form is completed accurately at least 7 days before your tour date.


    All bookings are payable via Stripe (Booking Checkout) or Flywire. Confirmations regarding your booking will be sent at least 10 days before your activity date.

    Cancellation Policy

    Standard Cancellation Policy:

    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 5 days or less before event
    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event
    • We will charge a cancellation fee of 25% if booking is cancelled 10 days or less before event


    How far in advance should I book?

    Matsumoto is a popular destination from Nagano. We recommend making a reservation as early as possible and ideally, at least a month in advance.

    When is it Peak Season and what does that mean for this tour?

    There are many peak seasons in Matsumoto and Nagano, but it is especially busy during Spring and Fall Seasons. During these peak seasons, there will be heavy traffic on the roads and may take two to three times the duration to travel between destinations.

    Other peak holidays include Golden Week (May 6th to 27th), the Obon Holidays (August 11th to 20th), and the New Year Holidays (December 28th – January 6th).

    Why am I charged a service fee if I make a cancellation after you started planning the trip?

    Organizing and planning a trip requires a lot of time and if we have made reservations on your behalf, it may be very challenging to cancel some booking requests. Once we receive your booking and your answers from the Custom Tour form, we will begin putting together your Itinerary Sheet and will start arranging your tour guide, buying tickets, making reservations at venues for your tour, etc.

    If you cancel the tour any time after we have sent you the custom Itinerary Sheet, the service fee of 15% of your total tour cost will be nonrefundable. If your cancellation falls within the fees applied to the Standard Cancellation Policy, the service fee of 15% will no longer take effect. You will only be responsible for the cancellation fee specified in the Standard Cancellation Policy. Please carefully review the terms and conditions specified on the checkout page.




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