The Town Sneaker is a city circle bus, which tours round the center of the Matsumoto City on four courses: Northern, Eastern, Sourthern and Western Ones. You can take the Bus at a small fare, 200yen (or 150 yen) for adults, and 100 yen (or 80 yen) for children. Or you can get the One-Day tickets at 500 yen for adults (250 yen for children).
|April to November||December to March|
|One Ride||200 yen*||100 yen*|
|One-day Ticket||500 yen||250 yen|
*These fares were last revised on April 1, 2014.
One-Day Tickets can be purchased aboard the Town Sneaker Buses and at the Matsumoto Bus Terminal.
There are not a few tourist spots along the courses. The followings are among outstanding facilities you shouldn't leave the Matsumoto city without visting.
The red-letter entrance fees shown below are the discounted ones you pay when you have a Town Sneaker One-day Ticket.
Outline Matsumoto Castle is the oldest castle in Japan built over 400 years ago and one of four beautiful castles designated as National Treasures of Japan. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy wonderful views of the Japan Alps and Matsumoto city.
Outline The Former Kaichi School is the oldest elementary school in Japan. Founded in 1873, it is also designated as an important cultural property. The school was built with a unique combination of the Japanese traditional wooden and storehouse style of architecture and Western architectural features such as the octagonal tower with a weathercock. The inside of the school is now a museum where educational materials from the 19th century are exhibited.
Outline The museum's symbol, the pendulum clock on the outside wall, is the largest of its kind in Japan. The old clocks on display are collected not only from Japan, but also from all over the world. There is also an exhibition of items related to the clocks such as phonographs.
Outline This museum features important documents and tools related to warehouse construction.
Outline Here various works from the world famous artist from Matsumoto, Yayoi Kusama, are on display. The museum not only hosts many unique exhibitions but also contains gardens, galleries of citizen's works, and shops and cafes without an entry fee.
Outline The Former Matsumoto High School is a Western style wooden structure built in the early 20th century. The school grounds are now used as a public park called 'Agatanomori Park'. In the grounds, there is also the Prewar High School Memorial Museum where invaluable references on the school collected from all over Japan are on display.