Hello965 friends: Matsumoto, Japan

Why we chose this city: Two words: Wasabi Farm.

Duration: One night.

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Where we stayed:We stayed at the Matsumoto Tokyu Inn. It was OK. But again, we didn’t really care about accommodation so much since we were always out. It’s a 5-minute walk from the train station, which was fantastic.

  • Things to do/see in Matsumoto:
    • Daio Wasabi Farm: You need a good day for this because you’ll need to take the train to get to the farm and then a lot of walking. If you’re lucky the weather will be good. It was pouring rain when we went so we couldn’t rent bicycles. But it was fun, you get to walk around the Wasabi Farm grounds and then you can go to the café area and try different kinds of Wasabi products. Make sure you try the one that’s fried. We can’t recall what it was exactly, but it was so delicious.


    • Matsumoto Castle: It’s glorious. We had to go really quick on our last day so we didn’t get a chance to do the tour, but if you have the time, it could be fun.


  • Food in Matsumoto:
    • There is a Vie De France at the train station. We suggest going there for breakfast. They have the famous melon bread along with a huge selection of Japanese inspired breads and pastries. Just try it all. You’ll never get the chance again. Also, their Black Sesame Banana Smoothie is amazing. We tried to recreate it – check our Instagram (@almallaks) for the recipe!

[JR Train: (Matsumoto to Nagano) – 51m – 0 transfer]

[JR Train: (Nagano to Yammanouchi) – 70m to Yudanaka Station]

by @Almallaks

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