Traditional gourmet cuisine and journey into the heart of the city!

Article by Sylvain Danjaume

The picturesque flavors of traditional cuisine convey a thousand-year-old message from the past while permitting you to be imbued with local delights. Made from local ingredients and steeped in tradition and history, this gourmet cuisine - also available in vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free versions - will delight the taste buds of anyone! In order to make your immersion in Japan even more complete, we invite you to join us on this fascinating journey into the very heart of Matsumoto City!


Discover all the secrets of Matsumoto City and enjoy the local sake

The tour begins with the discovery of one of the city’s most famous buildings. This former sake brewery is a construction that perfectly represents Japanese architecture, and some remnants of the past are still present here. Continue the tour by exploring the Kura (traditional Japanese warehouses) and other historical buildings that perfectly represent the harmony and compromises between Japanese and Western architecture.

Conclude this tour with the exciting exploration of a small still active local sake brewery. There is a selection of excellent local sake here and the owner is delighted to let you sample a few. This is a fun and cozy way to rub elbows with the locals!


A gourmet culinary experience in a traditional restaurant

This traditional restaurant prides itself on bringing Japan’s intangible heritage to life! From inside the iconic local building and within its distinctly Japanese-style garden, to the gourmet cuisine offered, this restaurant succeeds in presenting an ancestral way of life, cultivated and cherished by local people who have lived here for generations.

Image is an example only. Actual menu may differ based on the season.

From the best of local ingredients, the chef of this gourmet restaurant offers cuisine to suit everyone. In addition to the traditional menu, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus are made available. No doubt there is a traditional Japanese lunch waiting to delight your eyes and your taste buds!


Discover all the secrets around the Matsumoto Castle domain

The journey continues towards the famous Matsumoto Castle, the jewel of the city and a registered "National Treasure" of Japan. However, the historical and cultural importance of this castle is not confined to the castle tower.

The domain of this feudal castle used to extend way beyond its current boundaries and many remnants of its glorious past still exist. As you tour what was once the outer territory of the castle, you will discover all the secrets surrounding the castle itself –a discovery which concludes with a visit of the main tower of course!


Additional Information


Meeting Location: Begin your tour at Nakamachi Street. Your guide will meet up with you at 10:00am.

Available Option for the Lunch: Traditional Menu / Vegetarian Menu / Vegan Menu / Gluten-free Menu

Allergies: Please let us know if you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

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Important information:

Please note that the stairs to reach the top of Matsumoto Castle’s tower are steep and narrow.

Also note that in accordance with Japanese laws, people less than 20 years old are not allowed to drink alcohol.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, cancel up to 24 hours before the experience start date in the local time zone. No refunds will be given after that time period.

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Booking Deadline: Please book at least 3 days before the activity begins (14 days before on Saturday)

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Private Tour Option
(separate fee 20,000 JPY)