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Day trip from Nagano

30 minutes by bus to old railway station, which is next to castle ruins. We also visited Yazawa... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Sue B
Queensland, Australia
Many things to see

From JR station take bus # 3. You can get all the info, maps and instructions from the tourist... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2016
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Reviewed 12 July 2018

Sanada House, Bunbu Gakko Sanada, Treasure Museum, Old Samurai houses in a splendid little town surrounded by forest mountains. We will come back next time for the rest of the town that we did not visit, because of the menacing cloudy sky.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

30 minutes by bus to old railway station, which is next to castle ruins. We also visited Yazawa family gate, Sanada residence Bunbu (samurai) school, Sanada treasures museum and the Bell tower. Limited information in English to explain sites so make sure to visit Tourist...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sue B
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Historical town with various attractions to spend the whole day exploring on foot. Yes, on foot exploration is the best despite the distance. Take a bus from Nagano station (bus 30 for Matsushiro). It’s more worth to buy a day pass from Nagano bus station...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

What's not to like in this small town?! Its nestled close up to the mountains, has an interesting partly reconstructed castle park and just by the castle park a really good Samurai district with a number of fascinating period houses and compounds as well as...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Reviewed 26 June 2016

From JR station take bus # 3. You can get all the info, maps and instructions from the tourist station in Nagano....and quite a bit of info at the tourist center at Matsushiro. I spent 4 hours here, lots of different sites to see. Highly...More

Date of experience: April 2016
4  Thank travelling2day
Reviewed 18 March 2016

These days Matsushiro is pretty much a suburb of Nagano, but it was once a great castle town. We spent a nice couple of hours here visiting the museum, the military school and one of the former samurai residences. Were we not so tired from...More

Date of experience: February 2016
4  Thank Simone R
Reviewed 7 October 2015

. . . . worth seeing for several reasons. One is the surprisingly-large and extensive tunnel complex carved by forced laborers out of the mountainside that were intended to house communication systems during the war. A sobering sight. Another is the excellent Sanada Clan Museum...More

Date of experience: November 2014
5  Thank Becky-san2014
Reviewed 1 October 2015

People are friendly and helpful. Old-world charm present in the character of the surroundings. I enjoyed it!

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank josanpu
Reviewed 3 April 2015

Easy to get to outside of Nagano, remains of the castle and about 6 old Samurai houses, its a great half day side trip

Date of experience: March 2015
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