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A day trip to visit major tourist spots in Matsumoto 《Special article to explore Chubu & Hokuriku areas from Shinjuku by express bus 1/3》

The city of Matsumoto lies between the Northern Japan Alps and Utsukushigahara plateau thus allowing people to enjoy scenery of the mountain ranges from anywhere in the city. Behind Matsumoto castle stands the Northern Alps and with this castle in the center, the city stretches wide from south to north with many preserved historical storehouses. In addition, Matsumoto is a tourist-friendly city with lots of charming streets and museums gathered right by Matsumoto station. In this article, we will show you a tour to fully enjoy Matsumoto in one day.

A day trip to Kairakuen Garden in Mito City, Ibaraki.

Mito City's Kairakuen Garden is a famous plum blossom viewing spot. And on weekends during the period of the Plum Blossom Festival you can get from Ueno Station to the temporary Kairakuen Station by special limited express trains "Hitachi" and "Tokiwa" in about an hour.

The Ueno Cherry Blossom Festival - Tokyo

Every spring, gaggles of residents and tourists alike flock to Ueno Park to admire the beauty that is the cherry blossom. With over 1,200 cherry trees, Ueno Park prides itself as being one of Tokyo’s most popular spots for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing.

Tokyo’s Rikugi-en – Illumination of Weeping Cherry Blossoms and Daimyo Teien

Rikugi-en is one of Japan’s Nationally Designated Places of Scenic Beauty. This traditional Japanese garden was built by Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu, favored retainer of shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
The spring event “Illumination of Weeping Cherry Blossoms and Daimyo Teien” will once again be held this year.
During the event period, the garden will stay open until 21:00 instead of the usual 17:00.

Shorinzan Nanakusa Daruma Doll Festival

Daruma are figures in the shape of Dharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. Daruma come with no eyes painted on, and the owner makes a wish (such as for familial safety, fulfillment of ambitions, or business prosperity) and paints on one eye. When the wish comes true, the other eye is painted on as well.
Takasaki City in Gunma Prefecture produces around 80% of Daruma in Japan.
Shorinzan Nanakusa Daruma Doll Festival is packed through the night with people looking to buy lucky Daruma.
Stalls that sell goods other than Daruma are also open all night long. Stall hours are from around 10:00 on the 6th until 14:00 on the 7th.