Walking on Nakamachi Street can be a part of a walking tour through the streets of Matsumoto.
You can make a slight detour here before or after a visit to the Matsumoto Castle when you’re coming from the direction of the train station or the bus station.
So if you only have a couple of hours before you leave by train or by bus from Matsumoto, then you can wander on the Nakamachi Street too. (map – train station > bus station > nakamachi street > castle)
According to the Matsumoto tourism department:
The chief feature of the Nakamachi area is the black and white geometric design.
This is what we call “Namako-Kabe” of the old “Kura” storehouses lining the street.
Traditional crafts and small cafes are some of the highlights of this charming area.
Sightseeing bus – “town sneaker” route
There’s a sightseeing bus in Matsumoto that you can get to take you around to many of the tourist attractions in the city.
This bus route runs on Nakamachi Street too, and you can find a bus stop when you’re around here.
It will be around 500 yen (US$5) for a one day bus pass on this sightseeing bus.
There are many natural springs and historic wells located through the city of Matsumoto, and there are a few you can see walking on Nakamachi Street too.
Here’s a bit more of what you’ll see walking on Nakamachi Street!
And that’s a bit of what walking on Nakamachi Street might look like!
And if you’re coming from the direction of the train station or bus station, you can first walk by the Genchi Well, considered the most renowned well in Matsumoto, before making your way to Nakamachi Street.
And then after your walk along Nakamachi Street, you can continue walking the streets of Matsumoto to Nawate Street (aka Frog Street) for some Japanese snacks and then onwards to Matsumoto Castle!
HAPPY WALKING MATSUMOTO ON NAKAMACHI STREET!
How to spend winter in Japan
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Among the top 3 things people get specific for a trip to Japan
- JR pass for quick and easy long distance train travel (see price here and see here how to calculate train routes to figure out it's worth it for you)
- Pocket wifi to make travel in Japan easier (see price here)
- Travel insurance for natural disasters just in case especially for travel disruptions (see price here and see here for past natural disaster that affected foreigners)
Food in JapanIf you are in Japan for FOOD, then be sure to see where to try different types of Japanese food! (Sometimes for cheaper!)
And also have a look at some of these cooking classes in Japan too.
If you're looking for a route for winter in Japan, here are some ideas!
- 10 day Japan winter itinerary
- Tokyo to Nagano bus
- 2 days in Nagano with snow monkey pass // Stay at this Nagano hostel (private rooms available)
- A few days in popular ski resort area Hakuba (go here for at least a day even if you don't ski for the winter landscape in the mountains!) // Stay at this Hakuba hostel (private rooms available)
- Hakuba to Takayama (Hakuba to Matsumoto train / a few hours in Matsumoto / Matsumoto to Takayama bus)
- A few days in Takayama with day trips: Shirakawago / Shinhotaka ropeway on a sunny day // Stay at this Takayama hostel (private rooms available) and eat regional Takayama ramen
- Takayama back to Tokyo OR Takayama to Nagoya airport to fly to Hokkaido for more winter landscapes!
Hokkaido winter itinerary (train to get around - there are JR Hokkaido passes available, and you can use a regular JR pass too)
- Sapporo to Asahikawa (Asahikawa for penguin walk at zoo)
- Asahikawa to Abashiri (Abashiri for drift ice cruise)
- Abashiri to Obihiro (night in Obihiro and go to Lake Shikaribetsu ice village the next day)
- Obihiro to Sapporo
- Sapporo to Noboribetsu onsen hot spring town (day trip)
- Sapporo to Hakodate // Stay in this Hakodate hostel
- Hakodate to Tokyo on shinkansen bullet train through the underwater tunnel! (Regular JR pass will be worth it if you take this train ride along with one more long distance train ride within 7 days)
When the JR pass is worth itIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure. See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon. There have been a few typhoons that have hit Japan in the past couple of years and they can cause real travel disruptions!
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
More for your Japan itinerary
- 5 days in Kyoto
- Cost of climbing Mt Fuji from Tokyo
- Where to go for famous Mt Fuji views as seen in pictures
- Know before you go to Hiroshima
- One day in Miyajima with famous floating torii views
- 3 days in Okinawa, Japan's tropical islands
- Cherry blossom photo walk
- When is the JR pass worth it for train travel?
- Tokyo to Kyoto train
- Hostels in Japan