4 must-see beauty spots in Matsumoto

11 May 2018 in Discover Japan

Make Matsumoto your base for exploring some of Japan’s most awe-inspiring landscapes!


Famed for its iconic castle, Matsumoto is also the gateway to the monumental mountainscapes of Nagano Prefecture. If you’re staying at Hoshino Resorts KAI Matsumoto, make sure you check out these 4 local nature spots!


EN bouton booking_eng_image size

1 – Kappa bridge

Set 1500m above sea level, this humble bridge over the Azusa River is dwarfed by the might of the surrounding Northern Japanese Alps.


The local area, known as Kamikochi, is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers.


The best period to visit?


May to June, when the lush green meadows contrast with the still snow-laden Mt. Hotakadake above.

2 – Johyama Park

This city park is famed for its dramatic 300° observation deck.

On a sunny day, you can see the whole city, the Northern Japan Alps to the west and, to the east, the spectacular plateau of Utsukushigahara.

Make sure you catch sunset over the mountains for that unique Alpenglow effect.

3 – Alps Park

Another city park with a prime viewing spot.

From the 5th floor of its Mountain and Nature Museum, the 360° panorama is perhaps the city’s best. The museum itself is great for kids, and there’s also a zoo in the park.

4 – Misuzu Lake

Surrounded by maple forests, this manmade lake is the perfect place for autumnal leaf peeping.

Une publication partagée par shu (@vgpllr) le

It’s also a great option for springtime walks, when the area is awash with late-blooming sakura and yaezakura (double cherry blossoms). The lake itself is a top fishing spot for crucian carp fish and Japanese pond smelt.

Une publication partagée par @yoppulalan le



Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

04 May 2018 in Discover Japan

From corridors of snow to floral pastures and a vertiginous ropeway, discover Japan’s most spectacular mountain route! Read more


Christmas & New Year in Japan

06 Dec 2017 in Discover Japan

Planning a trip to Japan over the holiday period? Find out what you can expect! Read more


3 samurai who broke the mould

09 Nov 2018 in Discover Japan

Not all samurai were grizzled Japanese men. Discover 3 warriors unlike any others! Read more



Cultivate your inner beauty in Kyoto

20 Oct 2017 in Discover Japan

Experience the culture of old Kyoto in an immersive 3-day program of Noh Theatre and Zen Buddhism! Read more


Understanding Japan’s drinking culture

27 Mar 2019 in Discover Japan

Master the rules of Japanese drinking etiquette with an insider bar tour! Read more


The ultimate sakura experience in Kyoto

22 Mar 2019 in Discover Japan

Our tips to make the most of Kyoto’s cherry blossom, spring cuisine and geisha dances! Read more

most popular articles