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My Time in Matsumoto (Guest's Blog)

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60 2016/9/14 Daio Wasabi Farm
Hi ,
I'm planning to come to Daio Wasabi Farm with my husband from Tokyo. I read that we can ride a bus from Shinjuku. Which station should I go to? Matsumoto? Also, where can I get the free bike for the day? I saw it online at Sui Sui Town but there is no direction how to get there.
Thank you!

Note of webmaster: Hello Cha-san,
The nearest train station of Daio Wasabi Farm is Hotaka, 30 min from Matsumoto by train (so more than 1:30 hours by bike). Most of Sui Sui Town's free bikes are old so I don't recommend them. There are two rental bike shops (not free) at Hotaka Station.
From Shinjuku, a bus to Hakuba (6 times per day) stops at Azumino Hotaka Bus Stop, which is 3 min walk to Hotaka train station. A bus to Matsumoto is more frequent (more than 1 time per hour).
Enjoy wasabi ice cream, wasabi beer, wasabi cutlet, ...
- Andy

59 2016/5/9 Job Vacancies
Bump Roberts 

I'm currently living in Matsumoto and looking for work. If you can help/or have advice could you please send me an email.

I appreciate your time.


58 2016/5/6 Onsen
Hi I will be visiting Matsumoto with my 2 sons 11 and 13 year olds. I want to go to the hot springs, but I'm not comfortable with my boys separated from me going into hot springs- is there any way to get around this?

Note of webmaster: Umm.. Some hot spring ryokans (Japanese style inns) have private (family) bath rooms, but I wonder 11 and 13 year old boys might not want to show their naked bodies to you. In that case, you should look for ryokans where you can use two private bath rooms.
Or, if you don't mind public mixed open air bath (use towel to hide your body) of Awanoyu in Shirahone Hot Springs, it might be a solution and interesting experience.
- Andy

57 2015/9/8 Free wifi hotsports in Matsumoto
Are there any? Where are they?

Many thanks, Julie

Note of webmaster: Hi, Julie
It is a good question for many foreign tourists.
For the present, TICs in the station and in front of the castle are free wifi spots. Kurassic-kan in Nakamachi Street is a perfect free (no registration, no time limitation) wifi spot except for late night.
Some cafes and restaurants, such as Starbucks, and hotel lobbies are also wifi spots. Refer lists of restaurants and hotels in this map.
Matsumoto city will increase wifi spots for Matsumoto Castle Garden and some facilities this October or November. Then, we will inform it in the news blog in this site.
- Andy

56 2015/3/1 Ms
Hi Andy,
Thanks for your reply. What is the recommended way in Japan of carrying a 4 year old on a bike without a child seat?

Note of webmaster: I can't recommend carrying your 4 year old without a child seat. In Japan, riding bikes are more dangerous than wide and Western contries like Oz, because roads are narrow, almost no bike only road, and bike lanes are not enough.
I recommend you to rent one electronic assist bike (same as normal bikes to ride, or easier to ride) with a child seat and other normal free "rikisha" bikes (two places to rent the bikes are 15 min walk distance).
- Andy

55 2015/2/28 Ms
Hi Andy,
Our family will be travelling to Matsumoto in July/August. Is it possible to hire bikes suitable for our 9 and 7 year old children? We also have a 4 year old child - are there child seats available for hire with the bikes?

Note of webmaster: Hi Ai-Vee,
Yes, we have free rental bikes "rikisha" and three of them are kids bikes that can be rented at the Otemon Parking Lot (5 min walk from the Matsumoto Castle gate). But child seats cannot be available.
Another rental bike service is by Orix Rent-a-car located at the west of Hotel Buena Vista. They lend only electronic assist bikes by 400-500 yen for 3 hours (1000-1200 yen for 12 hours) with child seat option by +300 yen (but they don't have bikes for children. Their bikes can be ridden by kids of 140 cm tall or more.).
- Andy

54 2014/12/21 Film opportunities in Matsumoto?
Ricky Fritz 
Hi there,
Just wondering if there are (m)any filmmakers and or equipment rental shops in Matsumoto? I was trying to Google this, but came up short. Do you come across things like film nights or screenings?


Note of webmaster: Umm.. Difficult questions. Most filmmakers exist in big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. There are only small video makers for promoting business and sightseeing in Matsumoto.
As for screenings, Matsumoto Cinema SelectMatsumoto Cinema Select by Miyazaki-san is holding screenings of independent films every month aggressively. He may know much about film things.
- Andy

53 2014/4/1 English Premier League April 13th
Does anyone know if Spocafe Garage or Old Rock Pub shows EPL? Liverpool and Man City is on April 13th, just need to find a place to watch. Many thanks

Note of webmaster: An Irish bar CELTS, newly opened just close to the station, shows EPL. I asked them, but April 13th, they plan to show AC Milan's game from 27:00. They say they might show other games on diffrent hours, but not sure they show Liverpool's game.
I don't know Garage or Old Rock shows EPL. Please ask them directly.
I understand you want to see the game.
- Andy

52 2014/1/13 Luggage
Is there storage for luggage (suitcase) at Matsumoto castle?
Is there a luggage room?
Thank you

Note of webmaster: Hi,
There are only small coin lockers at the castle.
In and near the station there are some large coin lockers, but I don't know they are enough size to put a suitcase or snowboard.
The TIC in the station was keeping your luggage free of charge before, but they don't do now.
I heard before the hotel near the station, "Ace Inn Matsumoto" in our Hotel Directory page can keep your luggage by Y500. Please contact the hotel.
Sorry for your inconvenience.
- Andy

51 2014/1/13 Luggage
Is there anywhere at the train station or the castle to store snow boarding bags for a few hours while we visit the castle on the way to Nagano?

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