castle, Kaichi School, and a warehouse district with several old buildings. It's a gateway to the Japanese Alps, as well, so most visitors are here for nature, skiing, or history. But a surprising gem in town is the Matsumoto City Museum of Art. It was built in 2002 and has modern works from Matsumoto-born or raised artists, and artists inspired by the town and its surroundings.
The museum is open 9:00-17:00, except for Mondays, and admission is 400 yen. Tourist and regular buses go to the museum from Matsumoto Station in about 5 minutes, or you can walk 12 minutes straight down a main street. Depending on your timing and the bus schedule, this can be faster.