Matsumoto Private One Day Tour



Matsumoto, situated north of Tokyo, is the second largest city in the quiet and secluded Nagano Prefecture. The location offers a magnificent scenic view of the Northern Japan Alps and a unique cultural experience.  

  • On this full-day private tour, your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or at Matsumoto Station at 9:30 AM. Start off the day by visiting the Matsumoto Castle, one of the best preserved castles in Japan that was built over 400 years ago.  
  • After an exciting morning at the Matsumoto Castle, visit Nawate Street (a small pedestrian zone with lots of small shops and restaurants along the river), the “Frog Street” (known for its abundance of frog products) and the Nakamachi Street (famous for its old houses and has a beautiful white tone).  
  • After half a day in Matsumoto, visit the tranquil Hotaka Town where Daio Wasabi Farm is located. It is most recognized as Japan’s largest wasabi farm covering 15 hectares and is a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy and find lots of unique wasabi products including wasabi ice-cream. Near Daio Wasabi Farm is the Hotaka Shrine, a secured hidden dwelling surrounded by old trees, and is said to have a special energy and powerful strength. If there is enough time, guests may pray for good fortune at this shrine before ending the tour in the city.

    Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour:
      Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-May
      Summer Outdoor Activities:
     Late-May to Late-September
      Autumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing:
     Early-October to Late-November
      Winter Festivities:
     Early-December to Late-March

  • Inclusions:
    • Transportation within Matsumoto City (either public transportation or private chartered vehicle for your group only)
    • Trip to Matsumoto Castle, Nawate Street, Daio Wasabi Farm and more
    • Flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your preferences
  • Exclusions:
    • Round-trip train from Nagano Station to Matsumoto Station (free for visitors with JR pass). Train tickets (for those who do not have JR pass) available as add-on at checkout.
    • Meals, snacks and drinks
    • Other optional activities for guests (the guests would also have to cover the entrance fee for the tour guide for locations guest would like to visit that is not on the itinerary)


  • All year round, but especially recommended during Spring (for cherry blossoms), Fall (for autumn foliage) and Winter (for winter festivities).

  Location: Matsumoto Station


  • Must provide names of all guests and birth dates
  • Hotel details if the guest already stay within Matsumoto city center

Additional Information

Private Tour

This private tour is for a group of 8 or less people. For a larger group, we may have two tour guides present (depending on availability).


All bookings is payable via Stripe (Booking Checkout) or PayPal. 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

There is a non-refundable 3% service fee for all bookings. Refunds (that are not subject to a cancellation fee) will include the ticket price less the 3% service fees. If an event is cancelled or postponed by Japan Awaits, refunds will be for the entire purchase—that includes the ticket price and the service fees.


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).




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