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Meeting new people is one of the most rewarding parts of travelling, and with 210,000 residents living in this part of Nagano, you're certain to have no shortage of opportunities.
It lies 13 miles away from Chiisakata-gun, and 110 miles away from Tokyo, the nation's capital.
The whole family will have an absolute blast at the Daio Wasabi Farm and the Tirol no Mori. If you're up for a bit more excitement, Yatsugatake Farm Stand and Tateshina Leisure Land are some additional options.
Plunge below the sea and meet the weird and wonderful creatures that reside there at Tateshina Aquarium. The best bit? You won't even need to get wet!
Keen to experience the wildest spot in town? Then stop by the Yatsugatake Alpaca Farm, where you can get close to some of the wonders of the animal kingdom.
The Kametaya Sake Brewery is the place to stop in at if enjoying a cold brew is your preferred way to relax at the end of a day. Ask about tours or simply pull up a pew and savour their unique creations and flavours.
Interested in sipping and swirling your way through a few of the area's best wineries? The Goichi Winery and Azumino Winery are great places to try out the local blends. If you have the time, a stop at the Izutsu Winery will also please your palate.
Places like the Barakura English Garden are important to both local and international plant protection efforts. The eclectic botanical collection found here is both impressive and strikingly displayed.
Remember those blissful childhood days spent stretched out on the grass watching clouds float by? Relive those memories at Ichinose Meadow and Kirigamine Highland. Suwashi Kohan Park and the Yatsugatake Natural and Culture Park are also well-known meeting points for visitors and locals alike.
Kamikochi Visitor Center is an excellent starting point for your visit. You'll uncover a wealth of information here, including inspiration for day trips, which restaurants you shouldn't miss and much more.
There's something remarkable about the feeling of the surrounding air when you tread earth near the base of a shimmering cascade like Otome Waterfall or Yoshigoro Falls.
If you find solace in the soothing effects that being close to the water can bring, you've come to the right place. Ushidome Pond and Taisho Pond are just a few of the scenic natural waterbodies here that are worth a look. Don't miss out on the foraging waterbirds of Myojin Pond and Mishaka Pond either.
Matsumoto is home to various nature reserves, such as Mount Jonen and Yashimagahara Marsh. Yokoya Gorge and Alps Park Matsumoto are two more that are worth a visit.
Unique displays await you at the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum and the Matsumoto City Museum. They're quiet places to take a break or escape a stormy day. Need more? Also pencil in visits to the Matsumoto Timepiece Museum and the Kaichi School Museum.
You'll uncover all kinds of rare and exotic specimens from the natural world at the Niekawa Sekisyo Kiso Kokokan and the Hiraide Museum. Our planet's creations are almost infinite, and you can discover more of them at the Idojiri Archaeological Museum and the Togariishi Museum of Jomon Archaeology.
With a good range of excellent art exhibitions to take your pick of, you might need a helpful push in the right direction. We suggest grabbing a coffee and heading straight to the Taizi Harada Art Museum or the Kitazawa Museum of Art. More lively canvases and creative sculptures can be found at the Toyoshina Museum of Modern Art and the Azumino Jansem Museum.
Discover the intriguing backstory of this city and the wider region at the Old High School Memorial Museum and the Narakawa Museum of History and Folklore.
Matsumoto spoils you for choice when it comes to intriguing historic sites. Why not begin exploring this destination's past at Matsumoto Castle and Takashima Castle? If that doesn't satisfy the history buff in you, continue on to Honjin Iwanami House and the Kurassic.
Surround yourself with both spirituality and history at Suwa Shrine and the Onsenji Temple. If you're happy to see even more, keep going to the Raiko-ji Temple and the Jiun-ji Temple.
You may feel like you've experienced it all after exploring Matsumoto's big-name sights, but don't head home just yet. There are still lots of things to check out. Why not head over to Tashiro Bridge and Kappa Bridge? Myojin Bridge and the Nagano Prefecture Forestry Research Center are some other options.
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