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36 2016/11/12 Tourist advice

My parents are coming to visit us over the Christmas period so we have decided to visit Matsumoto for a few days. We will be there 26th Dec - 29th Dec and was wondering if you had any suggestions? We already know about the castle but is there anything else worth seeing or doing?
Thanks in advance!!

Note of webmaster: Hi,
If your parents are interested in traditional art and hisotry, Ukiyo-e Museum and Old Court Museum (close on 29th) might be good to visit. Near the museum, Kametaya Sake Brewery is also fun.
If your parents are interested in miso, one of Japanese food culture, Ishii Miso Brewery is a good place to see around and have a lunch of miso. At Matsumoto Museum of Art near Ishii Miso, you can see Yayoi Kusama's famous art world and some calligraphy arts of other artists.
On 28th, at the entrance and two gates of the castle, Susuharai (soot sweeping) will be held.
Enjoy your Christmas with your parents in Matsumoto!
- Andy

35 2016/9/27 free foreign language castle guide service
Michael Loftus 
Many congratulations on this excellent service which my wife and I used on Sunday. The guide was charming, attentive and very knowledgeable. Its a great facility which highlights the City's committment to inbound tourism. Thank you. Michael and Clare

Note of webmaster: Hi, I will forward your kind message to the castle guide group.
Thank you,
- Andy

34 2016/4/16 mens drop in or rec football / soccer
Hi Andy - just wondering if you're aware of any men's football (UK) / soccer (US) recreation leagues or drop in games around Matsumoto? thanks very much!

Note of webmaster: Hi Rob-san,

Actually I have no idea about rec leage of football arround Matsumoto, sorry.
FYI, I found an information from Matsumoto Yamaga FC (J2) website that they will take place 1 day event ( on 4th May.


- Ryu

33 2015/9/4 Bus times for Matsumoto to Misayama
Do you know the times for this bus and how much it costs?


Note of webmaster: The Japanese timetable is here. The upper area is Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Misayama (Inakura, two of them are to Ichinose), the lower is Misayama to Matsumoto Bus Terminal. The left area is for weekdays, the right area is for weekends. The cost table is here. It costs 720 at the
maximum (Bus Terminal to Ichinose).
- Andy

32 2014/12/29 Gym?
Hello! I currently live in Matsumoto, and I'd like to join a gym. I know there is one near the city center, but I can't seem to find any information about it online. My japanese ability is very low, so I feel nervous about signing up without google translate to assist me! Are there any gyms with websites? Or do any of the hotels offer memberships for their gyms?

Note of webmaster: Hello Julie,
There are some gyms other than "Central" you mentioned, such as Renaissance and SAM, but they don't have English pages either. I haven't heard hotels collaboration with gyms.
The Central's website has some Japanese terms and conditions for membership, so I suppose you had better visiting there and talk (some workers might understand some English, I hope). If you need volunteer interpreter to go with you to assist, e-mail me ( Probably I can introduce someone.
- Andy

31 2014/10/9 To: Sven Høy (Hoy) re: hike
Hi Sven. I'm interested in hiking from Kamikochi. My email is roquet34 [AT]


30 2014/9/2 Ice Festival
Hi Andy,
You may rememeber I posted last year about the Ice Festival - we couldn't come in the end as my other half had to work! I saw your previous response that this year it'll be on the 11-12th Jan (so the Sunday and Public Holiday monday, right?)

I seem to remember last year there was another special event, a light show maybe? Will that be happening again this year?

Thanks for your help - if only other prefectures had a website and Q&A system like this!

Note of webmaster: Hello again!
Yes, the Ice Festival will be held 11 Sun -12th Mon Jan 2015. Probably the light show will not be held this time.
- Andy

29 2013/12/15 Is there a free wifi place in Toyoshina?
Madeline Clow 
Is there a place with free wifi in Toyoshina? (Toyoshina is the main station before Hotaka, about 20 mins north of Matsumoto by train.)


Note of webmaster: Hi, I found some shops:
- Ramen Shop Kuniomi 11:00-21:00 (17 min walk from Toyoshina Sta -
- Izakaya (pub) Hanakaze only 17:30-00:00 (5 min walk from Toyoshina Sta)
- PC school and salon Azumino (30 min walk from Toyoshina Sta)
Enjoy the internet in Toyoshina,
- Andy

28 2013/10/28 Work
Hi! Just wanted to know if their is any opportunity to find work in a restaurant as a part time job? With basic conversational Japanese? Does anyone have any experience with it? Thanks! I have stayed in Matsumoto before, and know the area.

27 2013/8/24 Nohi Bus pass
Hi, I am travelling with my family to Matsumoto in a weeks time. I will then travel around Kamicochi and some local onsen and then to Takayama. I have read on line that I can get a 4 day bus pass from Nohi bus company, but their website says I have to buy it in Takayama, does anyone know whether I can buy one in Matsumoto? Thanks.

Note of webmaster: Hi, Tim
The Alpico bus in Matsumoto sells it jointly. You can buy it at the Matsumoto Bus Terminal (or Shin Shimashima Station). See this blog, which is still the same even this year. If you come from Tokyo by bus, you can buy the set ticket with the bus at Shinjuku Bus Terminal, too.
- Andy

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