The artsy hometown of internationally-acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the best bases for journeying into the Northern Japan Alps
Matsumoto is a gateway to the Japan Alps and a destination in its own right. Apart from being home to Japan’s oldest extant castle, it is also the birthplace of avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. Hop on a bus decorated with polka dots in her honor to see the sights and explore the central Nagano region.
- Venturing inside the jet-black castle—aptly nicknamed Crow Castle
- Bathing like a samurai in historical hot springs
- The natural splendor of upland Kamikochi in the nearby mountains