Our 2 nights stay from 9-11 Apr was to see the cherry blossoms and we saw the blossoms at its full glory at Matsumoto Castle Park, about 20 mins walk from the hotel.
We chose to stay at Hotel Richmond on account of previous reviews of its spacious guestrooms and its proximity to the JR Matsumoto Station and bus station. We paid JPY12700 per night excluding breakfast for a twin room.
We took a Keio Highway Bus from Shinjuku and journey took 3 hrs @ JPY 2975 pp. It is a 10 mins walk from the Matsumoto bus station to the hotel. Check in on the 2/F was speedy and guestroom charges were settled at an automated credit card machine near the Front Desk. I was surprised and pleased to be offered a lady's welcome gift from a selection of bath salt & face masks. Nice thoughtful gesture!
The Ohashi 24 hr cafe just below the hotel serves a good selection of western and Japanese meals. Dinner for 2 costs JPY2468 and for breakfast JPY1380. There are many restaurants within a 5 mins walk from the hotel. Drinks vending machines can be found on almost every floor and a washer and dryer is on the 3/F.
We also made a 1/2 day trip to Narai, a postal town in the Kiso Valley. Many of the houses have been preserved like they were in the Edo period. It was very quiet & charming but not very interesting, and we did have difficulty finding places to eat there. Journey by train is about 40 mins (some trains took much longer) from Matsumoto to Narai.
Matsumoto is a very charming castle town and if we have another opportunity, we will also visit Kamikochi (90 mins by train and bus) and the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route from Matsumoto. We enjoyed our stay!
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