a VirtualTourist member from Melbourne
My wife and myself will travel from Tokyo to Matsumoto (via Nagano) by train. We want to stay in Matsumoto or nearby for three days, hire a car and explore the area, going to Kamikochi, the Alps and to Kiso Valley. Then we go to Kyoto by train.
Would be helpful to hear from someone who knows the area or traveled there. We would like to find some nice (not too expensive) accommodation in Matsumoto or in the area, as a base. We would also welcome some tips on what to see within this time limit. We'd like to do some walking trips, but no longer than a few hrs.
Good day. When will you go to Kamikochi? Kamikochi is closed in the winter season (from mid-Nov. to mid-Apr.).
Regarding Kiso Valley, staying there would be better than going back to Matsumoto. Because Kiso is almost halway point to Kyoto.
Sorry, I've never stayed in Matsumoto. But some friends recommend Tokyu Inn or Hotel Buena Vista.