Matsumoto Shiminsai Matsumoto Matsuri


Matsumoto City, Nagano Pref.

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About the festival

The "Matsumoto Matsuri," a section of the annual Shiminsai (citizens' festival), is loved by the people of Matsumoto as their annual grand celebration of the autumn season. 
On the day of the festival, the main venue of Matsumoto Castle's central park as well as the downtown's pedestrian zones become filled with local families, visitors and young people. 
Parades such as the "Miss Sister City/Friendship City Parade," "Matsumoto-ondo Parade" and "Mikoshi" float parade marches through the downtown area, which becomes a pedestrian-only zone. Furthermore, 200 boys and girls in medieval warrior attire parade from Matsumoto Castle as past successive castellans.
A large variety of unique events are also held in the city's central shopping street and major stores during the festival.

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Things to do

1. Like a picture scroll in real-life! Witness the warrior procession

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The warrior procession leaves Matsumoto Castle shortly after noon. Children and adults dressed as medieval warriors, past successive castellans and princesses leave the castle to parade through the city streets. Enjoy this highlight of the festival which attracts many excited viewers.

Picture provided by Matsumoto City

Information (基本情報)

  • Festival Dates November 3rd (Sun) from 10:00〜16:00

    Held annually on November 3rd
  • Place Matsumoto City's downtown shopping district (pedestrian zone)
  • General Participation There are no events allowing participation, but viewers are welcome to walk freely
  • International Reception and Info. There are tourist pamphlets available, yet not specifically for Matsumoto Matsuri
  • Wi-Fi Available at Matsumoto Castle and the tourist information center
  • Restrooms Public restrooms available
  • HP

  • Contact Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee Office (section of Matsumoto's Chamber of Commerce and Industry)

Rules & Manners(参加のルール&マナー)

Many children get lost during the festival. Please pay extra attention.
Please obey the rules and manners of the pedestrian zones.
Parking bicycles illegally is prohibited.
Do not ride your bicycle into the pedestrian zones.
Try to use public transportation as much as possible.

Access Map (アクセスと地図)

Access to Matsumoto City 

[nearest station]
JR Matsumoto Station

Festival location
Downtown area of Matsumoto City

Emiko Izawa
Born in Shizuoka. I love Sushi, Sake, Shrine, Stationary and Stage!