Travelog

Explore the beauty of nature,
cultural heritage and interesting places in Nagano prefecture.

Matsumoto’s New National Treasure! The Former Kaichi School

Matsumoto’s New National Treasure! The Former Kaichi School

Matsumoto is arguably most famous for its castle of the same name, which has been designated as a National Treasure of Japan over 80 years ago. For a long time, this was the only National Treasure in Matsumoto, but all of that changed in September of 2019 with the designation of another National Treasure: The Former Kaichi School.

Kaiseki – The ultimate Japanese dining experience

Kaiseki – The ultimate Japanese dining experience

Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner made up of dozens of small dishes with different tastes and textures. It is considered the most refined form of washoku (Japanese cuisine), which was designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. With fresh seasonal ingredients and delicious flavor combinations that are carefully selected and beautifully presented to you, kaiseki is definitely a must-try for anyone visiting Japan.

Discover the World’s Largest Collection of Ukiyo-e – Pictures of the Floating World

Discover the World’s Largest Collection of Ukiyo-e – Pictures of the Floating World

Everyone is probably familiar with the image of a giant wave with two boats in the foreground and a small Mt. Fuji in the background. This famous artwork is called “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and was made by Katsushika Hokusai, arguably Japan’s best-known artist from the Edo period (or in general). What he produced wasn’t really a painting though, but a print created from carved woodblocks. This traditionally Japanese art genre is called “ukiyo-e” and literally translates to “pictures (e) of the floating world (ukiyo)”.

Five local foods of Matsumoto that you must try!

Five local foods of Matsumoto that you must try!

If there’s one thing we love doing when visiting a new place, it’s trying out the local food.
It’s often said that the best way to experience a culture is through its food and we wholeheartedly agree. By seeing what the locals are eating and trying it for yourself, you can get a sense of how the history and location of a place has influenced these eating habits and dishes.