About The Event

Host Cities

Matsumoto City

City Information

The city of Matsumoto, located in the middle of the Japanese mainland, and located in Nagano Prefecture where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held, has flourished as a castle town since the 16th century.

Matsumoto Castle, a national treasure, is called Crow Castle (Karasu Jō) because of its black appearance.  The structure includes the oldest castle tower in Japan.

Matsumoto is surrounded by mountains and is acclaimed for its beautiful views.  The Japan Alps, known as "The roof of Japan," rise to heights of 3,000 meters.

Matsumoto is home to the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, which has been presented every August by Seiji Ozawa, the world-renowned orchestral conductor.

Matsumoto soba is famous for its delicate flavor. Just north of Matsumoto is the world's largest wasabi farm.

The Rock Ptarmigan (Snow Chicken), the bird designated to symbolize Nagano Prefecture, can be observed in the national parks.

The major industry in the area has been precision machinery, and agricultural products include rice, apples, tomatoes, grapes, celery, and lettuce.

The computer software industry helps support the local economy.  Matsumoto plays an important role as the commercial and business center in the region.

Facilities Information
Matsumoto City Gymnasium
Matsumoto City Gymnasium

Matsumoto Comprehensive Gymnasium opened in August 1981.  It is able to accommodate international sports activities as well as cultural events.

A monument named ‘To the Sky” was erected in the plaza.  The facility plays a central role for the music and sports activities of the city.

The seating capacity exceeds 7000.

5-1, Misuzu, Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture
By train- Get off at Matsumoto Station on JR Chuo line.
20 minutes ride by bus,
From Matsumoto Station to Shindai-Byoin keiyu Asama-onsen
Get off at Sogo-taiikukan
And then 1 minute walk