Matsumoto, a place of great nature. Recommended spots accessible by rental car! (Part 2 of two-part series introducing Matsumoto)

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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.

①Norikura Highlands
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

②Utsukushigahara Highlands
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
Access:從松本IC換乘澤渡巴士或的士。從高山IC經R158 於平湯換乘巴士或的士約80分鐘。

JR Matsumoto Station Rent-a-car is located at Matsumoto Station, so we may as well use it.

Business hours:8:00-20:00

【Other Matsumoto Station area car rental options】

You should definitely consider a trip in Japan by rental car.