It is surrounded by mountain with beautiful views. It is close engouh to them that when you feel like to climb the mountain, you can go with just a knapsack and get on the bus. Matsumoto has several historic sites, such as Matsumoto Jyo (松本城 traditonal Japanese castle) Kaichi gakkou (Kaichi school) and Temari (traditional Japanese handball).
Matsumoto Jyo was built more than 400 years ago, it is also called Karasu Jyo (Crow castle) because of its black appearance. The castle is open to tourists and displays many ancient weapons from and inspired from Europe including muskets, rifles, etc... Kaichi gakkou is the first junior high school in the Japan. The beautiful appearance of Kaichi gakkou is much acclaimed. Matsumoto is attractive to travellers not only because of the traditional culture but also its calm climate and other products. Matsumoto Soba is famous and many are delighted by its delicate taste. Just north of Matsumoto is the world's largest Wasabi farm. Wasabi can only be grown in extremely clean water and there is much local pride. In addition, Saitou Kinen Orchestra (Saitou commemorative orchestra) performs every year in summer to autumn and many famous musicians come to play the musical instrument such as Seiji Ozawa. It is, however, very popular and difficult to get tickets and many people wait in the line from two days before it begins to sell.
Matsumoto, like many areas of Japan is home to abundant Onsen (温泉 or hot springs).