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Matsumoto, Nagano

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Country  Japan
Area  978.77 km2
Mayor  Akira Sugenoya
Population  243,037 (2010)
Region  ChubuKoshinetsu

Matsumoto, Nagano Beautiful Landscapes of Matsumoto, Nagano
Points of interest  Matsumoto Castle, Kamikochi, Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Mount Yari, Mount Hotaka
Colleges and Universities  Shinshu University, Matsumoto University, Matsusho Gakuen Junior College, Matsumoto Junior College

Map of Matsumoto, Nagano

Matsumoto (松本市, Matsumoto-shi) is a city located in central Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. It is a city located in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto is designated as a Special City. As of 1 October 2016, the city had an estimated population of 241,102 and a population density of 246 persons per km². Its total area was 978.47 square kilometres (377.79 sq mi).


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Matsumoto is located in former Shinano Province and was the provincial capital from the Heian period onwards. The area developed as the castle town of Matsumoto Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of the Edo period. Modern Matsumoto Town was established with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to city status on May 1, 1907.

On February 1, 1925 Matsumoto absorbed the village of Matsumoto (from Higashichikuma District).

The city expanded further by annexing the Kanda hamlet of the village of Nakayama from Higashichikuma District on April 1, 1943, the villages of Nakayama, Shimadachi and Shimauchi (all from Higashichikuma District) on April 1, 1954, the villages of Wada, Niimura, Kanbayashi, Sasaga, Yoshikawa, Kotobuki, Okada, Iriyamabe, Satoyamabe and Imai (all from Higashichikuma District) on August 1, 1954 and Kitauchida ward (excluding the Gakenoyu hamlet from the Minamiuchida ward of the village of Kataoka, from Higashichikuma District) from the city of Shiojiri on April 1, 1960. This was followed by the Gakenoyu hamlet of Minamiuchida ward of the village of Kataoka (from Higashichikuma District) from the city of Shiojiri on April 1, 1961, the village of Hongo (from Higashichikuma District) on May 1, 1974 and parts of Seba hamlet (the hamlet of Kukohigashi) from the city of Shiojiri on April 1, 1982.

Between the days of June 27 and June 28, 1994 - The Matsumoto Incident sarin gas attack occurred.

Matsumoto was proclaimed a Special City with increased local autonomy on November 1, 2000. Matsumoto annexed the villages of Azumi, Azusagawa and Nagawa (all from Minamiazumi District), and the village of Shiga (from Higashichikuma District) on April 1, 2005. This was followed by the town of Hata (from Higashichikuma District) on March 31, 2010.


Matsumoto is located in the Matsumoto Basin of central Nagano Prefecture surrounded by mountains and is acclaimed for its beautiful views. It is approximately 75 kilometers south of the prefectural capital at Nagano City, and 124 kilometers from central Tokyo. The 3000 meter Hida Mountains are to the west of the city.

Surrounding municipalities

  • Nagano Prefecture
  • Shiojiri
  • Azumino
  • Yamagata
  • Asahi
  • Ōmachi
  • Chikuhoku
  • Ueda
  • Nagawa
  • Aoki
  • Shimosuwa
  • Kiso Village
  • Kiso Town
  • Gifu Prefecture
  • Takayama
  • Climate

    Matsumoto has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) bordering on a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) with hot summers and cold winters. Precipitation is quite high in summer, but the weather is somewhat drier in winter.

    Universities and colleges

  • Shinshu University
  • Matsumoto University
  • Matsusho Gakuen Junior College
  • Matsumoto Junior College
  • Primary and secondary education

    Matsumoto has 29 public elementary schools operated by the city government, one operated by the national government and one private elementary school. The city also manages 19 public middle schools, with one more middle school shared between Matsumoto and neighbouring Asahi. There is one public middle school operated by the national government and one private middle school. The city has seven public high schools operated by the Nagano Prefectural Board of Education and six private high schools. The city also has a North Korean school, Nagano Korean Elementary and Junior High School (長野朝鮮初中級学校).


  • Matsumoto Airport
  • Railway

  • JR East – Shinonoi Line
  • Murai - Hirata - Minami-Matsumoto - Matsumoto
  • JR East – Ōito Line
  • Matsumoto - Kita-Matsumoto - Shimauchi - Shimatakamatsu
  • Alpico Kōtsū - Kamikōchi Line
  • Matsumoto - Nishi-Matsumoto - Nagisa - Shinano-Arai - Ōniwa - Shimonii - Kitanii-Matsumotodaigakumae - Niimura - Samizo - Moriguchi - Shimojima - Hata - Endō - Shin-Shimashima
  • Highway

  • Nagano Expressway
  • Japan National Route 19
  • Japan National Route 143
  • Japan National Route 147
  • Japan National Route 158
  • Japan National Route 254
  • Japan National Route 403
  • Local attractions

    Matsumoto is attractive to travellers not only because of the traditional culture but also its calm climate and local products. Matsumoto soba is famous for its delicate taste Local attractions include:

  • Matsumoto Castle, built more than 400 years ago. It is a Japanese National Treasure
  • Kaichi School Museum, Meiji period building housing the first middle school in Japan
  • Asama Onsen
  • Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, held every August by conductor Seiji Ozawa and featuring the Saito Kinen Orchestra
  • Kamikōchi mountain area
  • Sports

    Matsumoto is represented in the J. League of football with its local club, Matsumoto Yamaga FC based at the Alwin Stadium in Kambayashi.

    It was one of the host cities of the official Women's Volleyball World Championship for its 1998 and 2010 editions.


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