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Matsumoto is a castle town in Nagano Prefecture, home to the world-famous Matsumoto “Black Crow” Castle, one of Japan’s 12 original castles.

Matsumoto is the second largest city in Nagano prefecture, situated near the entrance to the Japanese Alps. Magnificently poised at the center of the city is Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan’s foremost ancient fortresses. The castle is unique in that it was built on a flat plain instead of a hill or mountain. The original keep has been standing since the early 1500s, and has survived intact ever since. The walls paneled in black wood and graceful wing-like slope of the roofs has given Matsumoto Castle the nickname “Black Crow Castle”. Next is Nakamichi-dori, a vintage street of the city center featuring old, well-preserved Edo-period buildings. These buildings include traditional merchants’ houses, restaurants, and ryokan. Running alongside this thoroughfare is Frog Street, lined with a row of shops and cafes in old-fashioned buildings leading up to Yohashira Shrine. Locals often stop at shops on this street to buy various goods before going home. The street’s name is a pun on the similar sounding Japanese words for buying, returning home, and frog. The entrance to the street is protected by a frog statue.

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Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow 
Monkey Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour
Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Feb 13, 2023 Fri. Feb 17, 2023 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 12, 2024 Fri. Feb 16, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji 
Shibazakura Festival

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival
Beyond Tokyo: Baby Blue Eyes, Wisteria & Fuji Shibazakura Festival

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji
Take a 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo for some of Japan's most enchanting flower scenes - featuring the flower festivals of baby blue eyes, wisteria, and shibazakura!

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Hitachinaka / Mito / Ashikaga / Karuizawa / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji
Take a 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo for some of Japan's most enchanting flower scenes - featuring the flower festivals of baby blue eyes, wisteria, and shibazakura!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. May 9, 2023 Sat. May 13, 2023 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Thu. May 9, 2024 Mon. May 13, 2024 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Cherry Blossoms

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Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Cherry Blossoms

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Apr 8, 2023 Sat. Apr 15, 2023 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Spring

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Group Tour |    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Spring

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Wed. Apr 19, 2023 Wed. Apr 26, 2023 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Fri. May 12, 2023 Fri. May 19, 2023 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Fri. May 26, 2023 Fri. Jun 2, 2023 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Autumn

Group Tour |          

Group Tour |    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Oct 24, 2023 Tue. Oct 31, 2023 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: 
Autumn Leaves

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Group Tour |    

Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves
Nakasendo and Kiso Valley Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn Leaves

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $2940.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Kyoto / Nara / Magome / Tsumago / Nojiri / Yabuhara / Narai / Matsumoto / Tokyo
A short small-group guided walking tour with three hikes of 3-6 hours of village-to-village walking on the Nakasendo Trail.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Tue. Nov 14, 2023 Tue. Nov 21, 2023 US $2940.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Kyoto Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse)

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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse)
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse)
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51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sun. Apr 23, 2023 Sun. Apr 30, 2023 US $3198.00 Osaka Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Spring
51 reviews
51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. May 20, 2023 Sat. May 27, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 18, 2024 Sat. May 25, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow 
Monkeys

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Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys
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51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.
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Fri. Dec 23, 2022 Fri. Dec 30, 2022 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 2, 2023 Mon. Jan 9, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 29, 2023 Sun. Feb 5, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Dec 24, 2023 Sun. Dec 31, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Jan 2, 2024 Tue. Jan 9, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jan 28, 2024 Sun. Feb 4, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Tue. Dec 24, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Summer

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Summer
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Summer
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51 reviews

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa & Kyoto.
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Sun. Jul 9, 2023 Sun. Jul 16, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Aug 27, 2023 Sun. Sep 3, 2023 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Sun. Jun 30, 2024 Sun. Jul 7, 2024 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
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