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Matsumoto Golden Tour

by Hideo
(56) Reviews
8h $ 267 up to 30 people


  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Former Kaichi School
  • Timepiece Museum
  • Nawate dori shopping avenue
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art
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267.00 USD

total price for up to 30 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra person.
$ 4.45
Extra hour.
$ 8.90


I would like to guide you Matsumoto called little Kyoto. The typical scenic spots as the castle town of Matsumoto are the spectacular Matsumoto Castle, the Former Kaichi School, Timepiece Museum, Nawate dori shopping avenue with an old-style atomosphere, and Matsumoto City Museum of Art.

What to Expect

You can see the oldest fivefold, six-storied among existing donjons in ]apan. Inside the black castle, You see a multitude of ancient artifacts including various weapons and elaborate armors.

The former Kaichi School is one of the oldest elemetary schoools in japan. It is a mix of Japanese and Western styles of architecture, and remains a designated symbol of the Meiji Era civilization.

Nawate-dori Shopping avenue is also called a frog street. The street represents the image of about 400 yeard ago. The avenue is lined with nearly 50 toy, antique, mom-and-pop candy stores.

You enjoy watching old moving clocks in the Matsumoto Timepiece Museum.

In Matsumoto City Museum of Art, you can enjoy watching the works of Yayoi Kusama both outside and inside the museum. In particular the "Red Pumpkin" in Naoshima is very popular as her work.

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  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Former Kaichi School
  • Timepiece Museum
  • Nawate dori shopping avenue
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art


City Nagano

Depart From Nagano , Nagoya

Meeting Point In front of Matsumoto Station

Ending Point In front of Matsumoto Station

Duration 8 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 30 people   Flexible

What‘s included
  • guide fee

What‘s not included
  • transportation fee (you and guide)
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • entrance fee and the like

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are?

Your transportation fee in Matsumoto city is not needed. The Entrance fee is 1,320yen per person. My transportation fee to Matsumoto is 6,000 yen.

How should we get to Matsumoto from Tokyo?

Please use Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano and change trains to Matsumoto. It takes about 3 hours for 9,280 yen per person. You use JR train, so if you have a JR pass, you don't need to pay.

Could you advise where will we visit next?

I would recommend you visit Takayama through Kamikochi.
As for Kamikochi tour, please refer to "https://triplelights.com/japan/tour/nagano-kamikochi-hiking-896"
As for Takayama tour, please refer to "https://triplelights.com/japan/tour/gifu-takayama-little-258"

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Hideo

National Certified Guide

(56) Reviews

Contact Hideo
Response Time 5 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more

Reviews ( 56 )

1 week ago |   by Joanna

“ Wonderful trip of Kyoto and Nara ”

Hideo-san picked us up at the hotel in Osaka at the designated time. He showed us a planned itinerary of our trip. I made a request beforehand that I was with some seniors so walking needed a lot of breaks. We used the train the whole time. Hideo-san was very patient and accomodating of our requests. I will recommend him to friends who plan to do a trip to Osaka.

Very Good
2 weeks ago |   by Melinda

“ Nara Day Tour ”

Mr Hideyoshi is a very informative guide and provided us with a great explanation of the history of the Nara attractions.

Very Good
3 weeks ago |   by Don

“ Very well prepared! ”

Hideo was a bit over-optimistic about our ability to spend so many hours sight-seeing on foot. If we had been told that the Umeda Sky Building had involved such a long walk from the other sites and such an expensive entry fee, we would have said No Thank You. However, we thoroughly enjoyed Osaka Castle, the Shinseki neighborhood, the Shinsaibashi Shopping Street and shops, and the wonderful water clock. Very unique and beautiful. He did a nice job choosing traditional Japanese sites, as well as giving us a taste of the modern Japan.

3 weeks ago |   by Brian

“ Excellent 2 Day Tour of Kyoto with Hideo ”

Hideo is very well educated about Kyoto and very efficient in his travels around the city. I would not hesitate to have him custom tailor an itinerary and have him help with navigation and information. He is super friendly and professional! He arranged a private driver for us as well. Thank you, Hideo!

1 month ago |   by Michael

“ Awesome adventure! ”

Hideo met us at the lobby of our hotel and from there we hit the day exploring really cool sites in Kyoto. He explained all the places we visited and even had photos to show us before and after pictures of how the areas looked during different times of the year! Very friendly guide and I would recommend that you hire Hideo if your looking for a good adventure!

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