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Discover Matsumoto and Tobira Onsen

Posted on August 5, 2019 within News

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A Samurai Castle in Matsumoto

Journey through the beautiful Japan Alps to the castle town of Matsumoto, with its splendid four-hundred-year-old castle, one of Japan’s National Treasures. Matsumoto Castle is one of the few surviving samurai castles in the country.

While in Matsumoto, meander through Nakamachi Dori with its Edo period kura or storehouses, many of which have been converted into lovely restaurants and shops.

Fans of Yayoi Kusama must visit the Matsumoto City Museum of Art. Matsumoto is the birthplace of Yayoi Kusama and the Matsumoto City Museum has a permanent exhibition of her work that is a must-see.

In the late afternoon, transfer to Tobira Onsen Myojinkan, a ryokan or Japanese inn located thirty minutes outside of Matsumoto in Yatsugatake National Park. Myojinkan features beautifully renovated rooms, wonderful food and luxurious hot springs baths.

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Best Matsumoto Ryokan

Tobira Onsen Myojinkan’s Newly Renovated Zen Rooms

The Tobira Onsen Myojinkan ryokan is a long-established hotel in Matsumoto and has been renewed on the occasion of its 88th anniversary. In celebration, Tobira Onsen Myojinkan has announced a new room category, ‘Zen’, which is now available to its guests. As Myojinkan approaches its 90th anniversary in 2 years, they will be promoting various initiatives such as renovations and new goals of creating a space where guests can feel the ryokan’s surrounding nature and relaxation. 

Theme – “Be as you are, Natural – Zen” 

Discovering eternal life with nature, serenity and luxury; this is the desire felt by the renovation of the rooms. Demand has increased for western style beds as well, so Myojinkan has equipped these rooms with such beds and a private outdoor hot spring bath.