Town Sneaker

What's the Town Sneaker?

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).

Operation Hours

  April to November December to March

Northern Course

9:30-16:20 9:30-17:15

Eastern Course

10:15-17:40

Southern Course

8:40-17:30

Western Course

8:50-17:50

Service Period:Year-Round

Fares

  Adults Children
One Ride 200 yen* 100 yen*
One-day Ticket 500 yen 250 yen

*These fares were last revised on April 1, 2014.

*There are some segments that you have only to pay 150 yen (for adults) or 80 yen (for children) along the Southern and Western courses.

Use the One-Day Ticket for Total Convenience!!
Show your Town Sneaker One-day Ticket at facilities listed on the right of this page, and you can receive a discount on the entrance fee!

One-Day Tickets can be purchased aboard the Town Sneaker Buses and at the Matsumoto Bus Terminal.

How to Ride


  1. STEP1
    The doors at the back or center of the bus will open. Please board the bus through the open doors.
  2. STEP2
    Upon boarding the bus, please take a numbered ticket.
  3. STEP3
    Please push the nearest button to signify you want to de-board when the bus nears your bus stop.
  4. STEP4
    The exit is at the front of the bus. Upon de-boarding, please place your numbered ticket and bus fare in the fare box.

Outstanding Tourist Spots

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.

  • National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle and Matsumoto City Museum Adult:610 yen (550 yen)
    Children:300yen (270 yen)
    Northern Course
  • Important Cultural Property, Former Kaichi School Adult:300 yen (250yen)
    Children:150yen (100 yen)
    Northern Course
  • Matsumoto Timepiece Museum Adult:300 yen (250yen)
    Children:150yen (100 yen)
    Eastern Course
  • Museum of Weights and Measures Adult:200 yen (150yen)
    Children:Free
    Eastern Course
  • Matsumoto City Museum of Art Permanent Exhibition
    Adult:410 yen (310yen)
    University/High School Students:
    200 yen (100 yen)
    Children:Free
    Eastern Course
  • Old High School Museum Adult:300 yen (200yen)
    Children:Free
    Eastern Course

Matsumoto Castle

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.

Northern Course

Former Kaichi School

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.

Northern Course

Timepiece Museum

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.

Eastern Course

Museum of Weights and Measures

Outline This museum features important documents and tools related to warehouse construction.

Eastern Course

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

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.

Eastern Course

Old High School Museum

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.

Eastern Course

Pagetop