When I traveled around in America, I usually drove. It's a product of the country's infrastructure; buses and trains just aren't as common as they are in Japan. So I spent a lot of time on highways getting from place to place. Even when driving on city streets, stopping to "smell the roses" and take a few pictures of buildings, nature, and streetscapes was quite difficult.
Traveling around Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, I've never been behind the wheel of a car. And while trains, buses, and the occasional taxi can get me pretty close to my destination, I still have to walk a bit. Plus, I try to save money and time and get exercise by walking between destinations whenever possible. Thus, I come across more random sights, and I end up taking a bunch more pictures. More for me to share, I suppose!
Matsumoto was my first stop on an overnight trip that also included Nagano. Matsumoto was a better destination; it's a small town with a good bit of history.
Matsumoto's tourist destinations are up next on my queue of posts to write, and for those with a day to spend in the area, it would be my first recommendation!