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46 2013/3/7 sui sui bicycles in Matsumoto
Hello again. Thank-you for your response re supermarkets. On the Matsumoto website it mentions the free sui sui bikes are available 9-5. If we are in Matsumoto for one week, are we able to borrow the bicycles on our first day and keep them for the week or do they need to be returned every day? I emailed the tourist information on Monday but haven't had a reply. (Actually, some of our group are staying at Gosanso, so bicycles would be convenient for commuting between the two places).

Note of webmaster: Hi,
You have to return 'Sui Sui Town' every day. Another newer free bicycle service 'Rikisha' mentioned in Local Transportation page can be rented a few days. You can rent it some shops/hotels along the Daimyo-cho Street in front of the Castle, such as Cafe Ajisai (a manager of the Rikisha system), Hotel Harmonie Bien, Convinience Store 'Family Mart' just in front of the Castle.
- Andy

45 2013/3/6 supermarkets/ izakaya near kaze no yasu yado
Hi! We are a family group of Australians travelling to Matsumoto for the Suzuki world convention. Most of us are staying at Kaze no yasu yado and I was wondering if there were any supermarkets and/or cafes or restaurants nearby? Most of the ones mentioned in the gourmet section of this site seem to be more centrally located....

Note of webmaster: Hi, Catherine
I added a supermarket Jusco in Katakura Mall and some restaurants I can recommend in this Google map. Katakura Mall is twenty minute walk from Kaze no yasu yado and nice stroll course passing Susuki River and Agata-no-mori Park.
Enjoy Matsumoto and the Suzuki World Convention!
- Andy

44 2013/1/11 luggage facilities at the railway station
We will be travelling with skis on the train from nagano and will be stopping at Matsuomoto overnight. Could we leave our skis at the railway station?
Thanks in anticipation

Note of webmaster: Hi Monika,

- There are coin lockers in and near the station, but not enough size to put skis.

- The TIC in the station keeps your luggage free of charge, but, I heard it is just tentative several hours. I don't think they can keep them overnight, but please ask

- I heard a hotel near the station, "Ace Inn Matsumoto" in our Hotel Directory page can keep your luggage by \500, before. I am not sure they will keep it overnight though you stay in another hotel. Please contact the hotel in advance.

Enjoy your trip,
- Andy

43 2012/10/9 Julianne
julianne warren 
Golly what a beautiful place. I am wanting to travel overseas for the first and only time, I've chosen matsumoto for its beauty. My daughter said she will accompany me. But all the travel deals/tours are ski packages : /
How can I visit for a few weeks with ease? So Ive seen this add and have applied.

Note of webmaster: Hi Julianne
Will you visit our beautiful land this winter? Even in winter and you don't ski, there are some spots and experiences you can enjoy. Especially staying Hot Springs and soaking in an outside bath with snow views is gorgeous. Visiting the Matsumoto Castle and some museums and strolling in some small streets downtown are also fun.
If you need support for making your itineraries, might help you. - Andy

42 2012/10/9 House available for short or long term rental in Matsumoto
hello everyone,
i own a small cabin in the alps.

it is need of occupants. short or long term available.

i am happy to negotiate a price for long term rentals!

41 2012/9/16 House Swap!
Kerrod Agnew 
I have a large modern 3bedroom house located in Cairns, Queensland; an area well-known for its rainforests, beaches and Great Barrier Reef. The house is fully furnished and would come with a vehicle. I am hoping to arrange a house swap in the Matsumoto area of Japan during the month of April 2013, for a 4 week period. The house would have to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children.
Please send any enquiries to my email address:
Many thanks.

40 2012/8/20 Question

I would like to stop over at Matsumoto for few hours on the way to Nagano for my upcoming trip. We will carry 2 big luggages and 1 small one, will I be able to store them at the Matsumoto Station?

Thanks :)

Note of webmaster: Hi, Daryl
In the 2nd floor of the Matsumoto Station, there are coin lockers (see here). If all of them are used especially on the weekend, there are four other places of coin lockers in the 1st floor (outside), on another corridor of the 2nd floor, in the Ario Shopping Center, on a wall of karaoke "Big Echo"'s building. I heard Hotel Ace Inn in front of the Station has a luggage store service (not sure).
Good luck,
- Andy

39 2011/12/23 May in the mountains?
firstly, thankyou so much for having this website. It's been extremely helpful for planning our last 2 trips to your amazing city.
I've a question that is pretty similar to the previous question on this message board.
We are visiting again from the 12th of May 2012 and we are snow deprived Australians. We are leaving it a little late, but will there be snow in the mountains in places like the shin hotaka ropeway viewing platform, or along any of the mountain passes that are accessable by car?
Thankyou again for the website!

Note of webmaster: Jeremy,
Mt. Norikura has a great snowy valley "Dai-sekkei", which is perfect place for your needs, I suppose.
Norikura Spring Bus for skiers and climbers will operate since end of April (depending on the weather condition). You can go to Kanko Center or Sanbondaki if you have or rent a car and transfer to the bus.
You might be able to walk in great snow walls like this blog after you get off the bus.
- Andy

38 2011/12/2 Snow Snow Snow
Hi, we are travelling end of march (2012) and was looking at staying near the snow monkeys to see , some snow!.. My kids want to see the castle and time is limited, is there snow in Matsumoto around March 29th (I realise your crystal ball may be foggy but on average is there snow?)

Note of webmaster: Gidday Gordon.

On average no, not IN Matsumoto....though there will still be snow around Matsumoto in the hills and mountains.
2-3 weeks later you will have a Very Beautiful visit to the Castle as the Cherry Blossoms bloom. and as music from the Castle's Moon viewing room fills the air.
It is awesome watching the Sakura (cherry blossoms) at night and sipping tea at the castle served by women in Kimono as ancient style Japanese music is played .
2 months earlier you can see the Ice festival...a treat for most.
If luck has it may even see Snow, Cherry Blossoms and the Castle together as It did last year on the 19th of April or there abouts

Hope that helped.


37 2011/11/6 Can I drive from Matsumoto to Toyama through the Mountains
Hi, I am coming to matsumoto in December and I am bring a car to drive to Toyama. Is it possible to drive through the mountains, on the Nomigi Highway? On google maps it looks ok, but not too sure

Note of webmaster: Hi there Carmi

Yep you can...short answer.
The normal way would be through Hakuba (not Nomugi) but you can go through the Nomugi pass(toge) too.

Long answer below....Google instructions if you can bear reading Japanese road signs.
I suggest you print a Google map of the area with roads on it and if you get lost along the way ask a local showing them the map...Koko wa Doko?(Where is this place?) Then if you really want to ...say "Toyama ni ikitai. ( I want to go to Toyama ) koko kara doko ikuno wa iidesuka? (From here ...where do I go?). Make sure they can see you are reading this and are not Japanese capable (unless you are and then you won't need this) or they will answer in words rather than by pointing in a direction or at the map.
TO pronounce the Japanese above correctly..
A = are as a sound
E = ear as a sound
I= E as in Bee
O = or as a sound
U = as in u in blue.

Google directions below
To get a map paste the following in Google maps and click "Get Directions"

from:日本長野県松本市 to:野麦峠 to:日本富山県富山市

Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture Japan1. Head south 377 ft
2. Turn right 0.1 mi
3. Turn left at 松本城(交差点) 0.2 mi
4. Turn right toward 国道143号線 0.1 mi
5. Turn right at 中央二丁目(交差点) toward 国道143号線 0.3 mi
6. Continue straight through 中央一丁目(交差点) onto 国道143号線 0.5 mi
7. At 渚1丁目(交差点), continue onto 野麦街道/国道158号線 Continue to follow 国道158号線 12.7 mi
8. Turn right onto 野麦街道/国道158号線 3.4 mi
9. Turn right to stay on 野麦街道/国道158号線 0.4 mi
10. Turn left onto 野麦街道/県道26号線 7.0 mi
11. Turn left onto 県道26号線 0.6 mi
12. Turn right to stay on 県道26号線 1.0 mi
13. Turn left 0.3 mi
14. Turn right 0.7 mi
15. Turn left Destination will be on the right 0.7 mi
野麦峠スキー場 1173−13 Nagawa Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture 390-1611, Japan16. Head west 0.7 mi
17. Turn right 0.7 mi
18. Turn left toward 県道26号線 0.3 mi
19. Turn right onto 県道26号線 1.0 mi
20. Turn left to stay on 県道26号線 0.6 mi
21. Turn right onto 野麦街道/県道26号線 7.0 mi
22. Turn left onto 国道158号線 9.4 mi
23. Turn left to stay on 国道158号線 0.3 mi
24. Take the ramp onto 安房峠道路 Toll road 3.4 mi
25. Take the ramp to 国道471号線 Toll road 0.1 mi
26. Turn right at 平湯I.C口(交差点) onto 国道471号線 (signs for 富山・新穂高) 6.1 mi
27. Turn left at 栃尾(交差点) to stay on 国道471号線 15.8 mi
28. Turn right at 船津北(交差点) onto 越中東街道/国道41号線 Continue to follow 国道41号線 17.1 mi
29. Turn left at 楡原(交差点) onto 越中東街道/国道41号線 9.6 mi
30. Slight right at 掛尾町(交差点) to stay on 越中東街道/国道41号線 2.0 mi
31. Turn right at 県民会館前(交差点) 0.1 mi
32. Turn left 285 ft
Toyama, Toyama Prefecture Japan

Additional comment:
The upper route is, going through route 158 and then turn to Nomugi Pass Ski resort (by number 10.-15.) and back to route 158 (by number 17.-20.) (I think you cannot cross Nomugi Pass to Gifu Prefecture in winter). If you don't need to go to Nomugi Pass Ski resort, go through route 158 directly. The road is a bus route and you can drive even in winter unless it is heavy snow. Please use winter snow/studless tires and carry snow chain.
- Andy

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