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Matsumoto City Museum
The Matsumoto City Museum of Art was inaugurated in April 2002 and is a paradise for contemporary art. The entrance in itself is quite striking given the colourful installation by celebrated local artist Yayoi Kusama. Centred around the themes of Communication, Learning, Representation and Appreciation, this museum features maestros from Matsumoto along with those whose works have derived inspiration from the Japanese Alps. The museum is a 10 minute walk from the Matsumoto Station and is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is around 400 Yen.
Matsumoto is a lot more touristy when compared to Hakuba as it is the second largest city in the Nagano Prefecture. Home to one of the oldest castles in the country along with some excellent shrines and museums, it morphs into a cherry blossom heaven during the months of March and April. While it is more of a university town, the traditional edibles available in Matsumoto, especially the 'Soba noodles', are loved by locals and travellers in equal measures.