Matsumoto, a place of great nature. Recommended spots accessible by rental car! (Part 2 of two-part series introducing Matsumoto)
Matsumoto is a primary city in central Nagano prefecture. Matsumoto is a city that will satisfy travelers' curiosity with its important cultural assets that convey a sense of history and museums where you can fully enjoy modern art. In the previous article, we told you about a model route for enjoying the city's important attractions by bus.
This time, we introduce three spots you can reach by rental car and fully enjoy nature.
Enjoy dynamic scenery such as the Mt. Norikura known as the southernmost tip of the Northen Alps, and the three notable waterfalls of Norikura.
Address:Azumi, Matsumoto City, Nagano
Access:Approx. 50 min. from Matsumoto IC on R158
From the highlands extending at 2,000 m in altitude, enjoy a view not only of the Northern Alps but also the 360-degree panoramic view that look even upon Mt. Fuji in the distance.
Address:Utsukushigahara Kogen, Iriyamabe, Matsumoto City, Nagano
Access:Exit Matsumoto IC and pass through the urban area. Approx. 1 hr. via Prefectural Road 67, Azalea Line and Venus Line.
Popular as one of Japan’s most spectacular mountain scenery where the mountain, greenery and water interweave. A day trip to the hot springs and camping can be enjoyed as well.
Address:Kamikochi, Azumi, Matsumoto City, Nagano
JR Matsumoto Station Rent-a-car is located at Matsumoto Station, so we may as well use it.
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You should definitely consider a trip in Japan by rental car.