Activities - Events & Festivals

Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival
Matsumoto Performing Arts Center and others : まつもと市民芸術館他

Hear World-renowned Musicians from across the Globe Perform in Matsumoto.

Matsumoto/Northern Alps


The internationally recognized Saito Kinen Orchestra and master conductor Seiji Ozawa join forces to put on this annual music festival in Matsumoto. Top musicians from all over the world gather at this beautiful city at the base of the majestic Japanese Alps to put on a series of concerts every summer. Since 2015, the event has been renamed the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.


Held from mid-July to early-August, the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival showcases some of the best musical talent from throughout the world as famed conductor Seiji Ozawa and the acclaimed Saito Kinen Orchestra headline a series of concerts. Besides full orchestra and opera performances, the members also hold workshops to bring classical music to the next generation.
"Kinen" means to 'commemorate', and both the festival and orchestra were created in memory of Hideo Saito, cofounder of the Toho Gakuen School of Music which was critical in introducing chamber music to Japan.


Varies by program.
Check program schedule.
Cost / Price of Admission
Varies by program.
Time Required
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Credit Cards
VISA, MasterCard
Required(Tickets required. See website.)
Foreign Languages


Besides at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Center, performances are held at the Kissei Bunka Hall and other locations.
Event souvenirs may be purchased by credit card.
Ticket purchasing and showtime information available on the event website.


tel : +81(0)263-39-0001fax : +81(0)263-34-3290Official site

Access / Location

By Train
From Matsumoto Station(JR Chuo Line), head straight out on Route 143. Proceed straight from the station 800m and the hall will be on the right. (800m, 10 min. on foot) (to Performing Arts Center)
By Car
From Matsumoto IC, Take Route 158 east into the city center. 158 becomes Route 143 -- follow it as it goes under the railroad tracks, turns right at Chuo 1-chome signal, and turns left in front of Matsumoto Station. Proceed straight from the station 800m. Hall will be on the right. (3.2km, 9 min.) (to Performing Arts Center)
3-10-1 Fukashi, Matsumoto City 390-0815

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