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Matsumoto is a city in Japan occupying an area of approximately nine hundred and twenty square kilometres or around three hundred and fifty five square miles. The city is geographically situated in the region of Chubu and in the prefecture of Nagano. Matsumoto city is relatively new city and it was formed after 4 villages were merged with the old city of Matsumoto. The old city of Matsumoto first came into being in 1907 on the first of May.
The city of Matsumoto has a population of around two hundred and twenty seven thousand people. The population density is approximately two hundred and forty seven people per square kilometre.
Encircling Matsumoto are mountains which provide a picturesque view. Mountain climbing and hiking are popular activities and spots where such activities take place can be accessed by bus. Alternatively one can use any of the various car hire companies available in the area.
Major attractions in the city of Matsumoto include the Matsumoto castle. This is a castle that was constructed more than four centuries ago. The castle houses old weapons dating to ancient times. Some of these weapons were from European countries or were inspired by European weapons. They include rifles and muskets. Tourists can use car hire companies to get to the castle. Another architectural attraction is the Kaichi School. In Japan Kaichi School is the earliest junior high school and it is renowned for its beautiful looks and form.
The city of Matsumoto receives an average annual rainfall of slightly over a thousand millimetres. Agriculture is practised in the area and some of the crops that are grown include rice, celery, apples, tomatoes, lettuce and grapes. Other industries include manufacturing which features mostly the production of agricultural machinery. Then there is tourism and especially sports tourism where people visit the area to ski.