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I am planning to visit Matsumoto and wondering if there is any event going on from Feb 4- Feb 12?
Beside, is there any local restaurant that you could recommend. We are looking for REAL local experience? We are looking for one above average expensive restaurant and one cheap but good restaurant
Note of webmaster: Hi,
February is off-season and no event in Matsumoto during 4-12. In Omachi, about one hour by train from Matsumoto, Dream Fireworks and Sound Festival at Omachi Onsenkyo (Hot Springs) and Ameichi Festival at downtown will be held.
As for restaurants, Hikariya East I added to Japanese restaurant directory might be real local experience with Japanese dish menu (lunch / dinner). Sakuraya (Eel) is a little cheaper but good for Japanese food experience.
Cheap but good one might be in izakaya and yakitori pubs in the directory. Irori Kaisen Ninnikuya is good and has English menu. Motojiya Robata Shoya is another option. Banrai is popular among local Japanese. [Andy]
Thanks Andy for your prompt reply. It is greatly appreciated.
Even though we go hiking hills in Hong Kong every week, we have zero experience in winter mountaineering, especially there is snow and ice along the trail.
We might visit Kamikochi in early September instead to cater for better condition in hiking, latest early October.
For the mountain lodges (yamagoya) you mentioned what kind of facilities they can provide? For example, bed, quilt, food, water, etc. Are they difficult to book in September?
Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Note of webmaster: Felix,
September is a good season for hiking.
Yamagoya is a place to provide the minimum facilities and service for climbers, so you can use quilt (futon) (no bed), food, water (no shower). Usually you don't have to book because yamagoya must accept any climber without reservation for climbers' safety (but you should reach yamagoya early in the afternoon (before 3 pm if possible, latest 5 pm)). Refer to "MOUNTAIN LODGES" in this page.
Staying in yamagoya is less comfortable than normal hotels, but it will become interesting experience and good memory.
My name is Felix Ng. i am living in Hong Kong. My friends and I are planning to visit Kamikochi in October 2016.
We are planning to stay at Kamikochi for 6-7 days. Besides the usual sightseeing in Kamikochi, we would like to spend 4-5 days hiking around the mountains near Kamikochi. We would like to get some mountain hiking recommendations in Kamikochi. I found in the map that there are many mountain around Kamikochi. For example, Mt Yake, Mt Nishi-Hotaka, Mt Myojin, Mt Mae-Hotaka, etc. Ideally, is that possible to make each trip a day trip so that we can go hiking for at most 9 hour per day? As a result, we can return to the hotel before sunset.
On the other hand, it would be great if we can enjoy onsen after a day of hiking in Kamikochi. Are there any onsen hotels to recommend? Price range can be 8,000 yen - 15,000 yen per person
Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.
Visitor from Hong Kong.
Note of webmaster: Hi, Felix
Staying in Kamikochi for 6-7 days would be fantastic experience.
But, in October (especially late-Oct), it is winter season in 2000-3000 meter high mountains. There might be snow and ice, so it is dangerous if you are not expert of winter mountaineering.
Mt Yake is close to Kamikochi and not so high (2393m), so you can go up and come down in 7-9 hours. But other mountain peaks such as Mt Nishi-Hotaka (expert level), Mt Myojin (most expert level), Mt Mae-Hotaka cannot be hiked in one day. Japanese stay in mountain lodges (yamagoya) for climbing such high mountains. Karasawa, very famous for fall foliage in early Oct, and Dakesawa can be climbed in one day each (10 hrs for Karasawa, 5 hrs for Dakesawa) and I recommend them even though they are not mountain peaks. There is a route map including course time in this site (no Mt. Yake included).
There are two onsen hotels in Kamikochi, but even cheaper one, Kamikochi Onsen Hotel, costs at least 16,000 yen (hotels in Kamikochi are expensive). Nishiitoya is the cheapest and good for hikers and foreigners.
|20 2016/2/28||Free Shuttle of Mt. Norikura|
I read the poster from the Mt.Norikura ski resort here,which mentions the free shuttle from Matsumoto station to the resort( I cannot add a URL here)
I would like to know is there any way for me to reserve a place. I dont speak Japanese, and hence I cannot communicate with the company.
Note of webmaster: Hi, Zuro-san
I can reserve your seat instead of you. The bus operates only Wednesday, weekends, and 21th (nat. hol) until 21th. You have to reserve by the noon of Tues if you ride on Weds and Fri if you ride on weekends or 21th. If you decide the date, please tell me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|19 2015/6/26||Driving from Matsumoto to Ogisawa Station|
Thanks very much for your reply. I shall go from Matsumoto to Ogisawa Station for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Can I drive from Matsumoto to Ogisawa Station and park the car near Ogisawa Station? What is the parking charge ?
Note of webmaster: Hi again,
Yes, you can drive to Ogisawa Station and park your car. There are one large parking lot just in front of the station (1000 yen per day) and free two parking lots before entering the way to the station (it takes a few minute walk to the station), two bottom "P"s in this Japanese map.
|14 2010/10/26||Norikura Highlands|
Thank for your advice last time. I did enjoy very much the sceneries. Share with U my photos:
Note of webmaster: Hi, Tom
Thank you for sharing your photos.
I am very glad you enjoyed Norikura!
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