Shinjuku ⇒ Matsumoto: Adults 3,500JPY, Children 1,750JPY
(Travel time: about 3 hours and 12 minutes)
Matsumoto Area Guide
Matsumoto is an old castle town centering on the National treasure, Matsumotojo. Matsumoto is a town where a lot of historical architectures like Kaich Gakko Primary School, one of the important Cultural Properties, still remain. It is also very accessible to major sightseeing spots in Chubu region (Chubu Chiho), such as the popular ski resort, Hakuba where a Winter Olympic has held once, Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route and Kamikochi where you can enjoy spectacular nature of mountains, Naraijuku and Takayama where you can enjoy the historical streetscape in Japan, and Okuhida where nostalgic Onsen resorts still remain. Also, Matsumoto is located between Tokyo and Nagoya, so you can easily access to both cities.
Ticket Deals (Unlimited Ride Pass, Connection Ticket, etc.)
Recommended Free-pass Tickets which allow you to travel from Shinjuku to the Central Honshu district including Matsumoto, the Japan Alps, Hida Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, and Toyama.
* Please note that this ticket is sold at Central Honshu Information Plaza in Keio Shinjuku instead of the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. To purchase, please book the tickets (Ticket from Shinjuku to Matsumoto and ticket from Shirakawago to Kanazawa/Toyama) online, and then purchase at the designated ticket office.
Three-Star Alps Unlimited Ride Shinjuku Pass - Type-S2 -
Including a round trip highway bus ticket from Shinjuku to Matsumoto and 4-Day unlimited ride pass for Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kamikochi, Norikura Kogen and Shinhotaka ropeway.
Three-Star Route Shinjuku Ticket
Including one-way highway bus ticket from Shinjuku to Kanazawa and 1-Day pass for sightseeing in Matsumoto, Takayama, and Kanazawa cities.
Hakuba Valley is located in the breathtaking Japanese Alps where Nagano Winter Olympics took place in 1998.Since then, Hakuba has been an increasingly popular travel destination for people from all over the world. Hakuba Valley provides a variety of fun activities to enjoy year around such as mount climbing, leaf peeping and skiing.
Access to Hakuba from Matsumoto St.
Take JR Ooi Line heading for Shinano-Oomachi from Matsumoto St. and switch to another JR Ooi Line heading for Minamikotani and get off at Hakuba St. (time required: 1 hour 40 mints.)
|Train ＜Matsumoto St. to Hakuba St.＞|
|Fare||Adult 1,140 JPY|
Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route
The Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The route passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps. It is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture.
Access to Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route from Matsumoto St.
Matsumoto St.（JR Ooi Line）→ Shinano-Oomachi St. (Shuttle Bus) → Ogisawa
＜Matsumoto St. to Shinano-Oomachi St＞
＜Shinano-Oomachi to Ogisawa＞
|Fare||Adult 670 JPY||Adult 1,360 JPY
Child 680 JPY
Round trip Discount Ticket 2,500 JPY (Fare for child is half the adult)
- ＊Bus ticket to Ogisawa is available at ‘Ogisawa Line Ticket Counter’ located in front of Shinano-Oomachi St. Ticket is also available at travel agencies.
- ＊Where to board: At the rotary in front to the JR Shinano-Oomachi St.
Kamikochi is the most scenic spot in Japan located at 1,500 meters above sea level in Matsumoto City. Kamikochi is a cultural property which has been registered as a part of Chubu Sangaku National Park. The gracious scenery you can view from the famous Kappa Bridge over pure Azusa River might be one of the most celestial scenery of Japan. More than 1.5 million people visit this area over a year.
Access to Kamikochi from Matsumoto St.
Take a Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line and get off at Shinshinashima St. to switch to a local shuttle bus. at Shinshinashima bus terminal to go to Kamikouchi bus terminal.
＜Matsumoto St. to Shinshinashima St.＞
＜Shinshinashima Bus Terminal to Kamikochi Bus Terminal＞
|Train + Bus Set Ticket
＜Matsumoto St. to Shinshinashima Bus Terminal＞
|Fare||Adult 700 JPY
Child 350 JPY
|Adult 1,950 JPY
Child 980 JPY
|One way 2,450 JPY
Round trip 4,550 JPY
＊Fare for child is half the price of Adult
- ＊Matsumoto St. to Kamikochi Time Table: http://www.kamikochi.or.jp/access/bus-timetable_1/
- ＊Please be noted that private cars are not allowed to enter Kamikochi to preserve natural environment.
Okuhida (also called Okuhida Onsenkyo) is known for hot springs surrounded by the highest mountain peaks in Japan, called the Japanese Northern Alps.
If you visit Takayama, I would recommend making a quick trip to visit the World’s heritage, Shirakawa-go. It is about 50 minutes from Takayama by an expressway shuttle bus. You can see many traditional Gassho style houses built in mid to the late Edo period (around 1800 A.D.). The nostalgic look of Gassho style houses covered with thick layer of snow will make you feel and smell the history in the air.
Access to Hirayu Onsen (Okuhida) from Matsumoto St. ＜By Nohi Bus＞
Matsumoto Bus Terminal → Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal
|Fare||Adults / One way ticket 2,370 JPY
Round trip ticket 4,220 JPY (valid for 7 days)
Access to Takayama from Matsumoto St. ＜By Nohi Bus＞
Matsumoto Bus Terminal → Takayama Nohi Bus Center
|Fare||Adults / One way ticket 3,190 JPY
Round trip ticket 5,660 JPY (valid for 7 days)
Child / One way ticket 1,600 JPY
ound trip ticket 2,830 JPY (valid for 7 days)
- ＊Matumoto Bus Terminal is located at Ario Matsumoto 1F in front of Matsumoto St.
- ＊Ticket reservation is not available. Please purchase the ticket at the ticket counter in Matumoto Bus Terminal.
Kiso is located in the southeastern part of Nagano Prefecture, which lies almost at the center of Japan's main island, Honshu. In the Edo Period (1603-1867), Nakasendo, one of the five key routes was made to connect Kyoto and Tokyo. Nakasendo goes through Kiso, so it was also called “Kisoji”. Post stations were developed along five key routes established around Japan and 11 post stations out of 69 are located in Kiso. Kisoji where spectacular nature and historical buildings still remain has been a very popular place to visit.
Naraijuku is the longest post station in Japan, located along Japanese most historical road, Nakasendo. This historical streetscape has been designated as important preservation district of historic buildings and carefully preserved.This area is also famous for the location of NHK TV program “Ohisama”.
Access to Naraijuku from Matsumoto St.
Take a JR Chuo Line from Matsumoto St. to Narai St. Naraijuku is about 3 minute walk from Narai St.
|Fare||Adult 580 JPY|