Matsumoto furniture developed from one of the trades set up around the time that Matsumoto in present-day Nagano Prefecture became a castle town in the latter half of the 16th century. It was not until the end of the Edo-era (1600-1868), however, that the production of household furniture actually began. At the outset, chests and tables were made to meet the needs of those living in the castle town and its surrounding area but with the development of transportation, the furniture began to be sold further afield and the town became well known nationwide as a furniture production center.
Work of the finest craftsmanship is employed in the making of a broad range of products made in solid wood and assembled using traditional jointing techniques. It is extremely sturdy furniture and even the work on those parts which are not directly visible from the outside is very precise. Wiped on with a cloth, the finish is often a coating of natural lacquer, which shows off the beauty of the grain and the warmth of the wood. Various kinds of chest and shelving are now produced along with tables of various sizes by the 7 firms employing 120 staff, among whom 6 are government recognized Master Craftsmen.