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Matsumoto is the gateway to the Japan Alps. Matsumoto is the second largest city in Nagano and home to Japan’s oldest extant castle, gorgeous streets, and breath-taking vistas. Visit the iconic Matsumoto Castle, known as Crow Castle, enjoy a traditional tea ceremony at Ikegami Hyakuchikutei, stop by the Yohashira Shrine for good luck, and go shopping on Market Street for specialty goods.