Matsumoto (松本) is a city in Nagano at the eastern end of the Japan Alps. It is best known as the home of Matsumoto Castle, one of Japan's 12 original castles.
From the closest major airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO IATA) near Nagoya, Matsumoto can be reached by rail in roughly three hours by the Meitetsu line and JR limited express train (change in Nagoya). Buses connect Centrair with Matsumoto in around 3½ to 4 hours for ¥3500.
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