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33 2017/11/16 Another question
Anukal 
THAILAND
Hello,

Thanks for answering so quickly. I have another question.

Are there buses running from Shirahone Onsen to Shin-Hotaka in the winter of December 2017? And, on the way back are there buses going from Shin-Hotaka back to Matsumoto? Where can I find their time tables?

I would like to go to the Shin-Hotaka ropeway in December 2017 after Shirahone Onsen?

Thanks.


Note of webmaster: Hi Anukal,

There are buses that will take you from Shirahone Onsen to Shin-Hotaka and back to Matsumoto, but you will need to transfer.

Shirahone Onsen -->Shinhotaka Ropeway
Step 1: From Shirahone Onsen, take the bus bound for Matsumoto and get off at Oyako-daki (K17). Two buses leave from Shirahone Onsen: the 10:05 a.m. and the 15:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m.) The timetable is available here (Japanese only) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/shirahone/

Step 2: From Oyako-daki, take the express bus bound for Takayama and Shinhotaka. Get off at Hirayu-Onsen (the last stop).
The timetable is available here (in English and Japanese). http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/ Please be aware that while two buses (shown in yellow) appear to be running to the Shinhotaka Ropeway stop, they are NOT in service during the winter.

Step 3: From Hirayu-Onsen, take the Nohi Bus to the Shinhotaka Ropeway. The timetable is available here (in English). https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/route_bus/shinhotaka-line-en/

Shinhotaka Ropeway -->Matsumoto

Step 1: From the Shinhotaka Ropeway stop, take the Nohi Bus back to Hirayu-Onsen.

Step2: Take the express bus from Hirayu-Onsen to Matsmoto Bus Terminal
The timetable is available here http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/.

Hope this helps!
- Paige



32 2017/11/15 Questions about Alpico buses in the winter to Shirahone Onsen
Anukal 
THAILAND
Hello,

I am planning to visit Matsumoto area in December 2017. I plan to visit Shirahone Onsen. I would like to know if there are buses from Matsumoto to Shirahone Onsen. Or, are there other transportations to get there in December? I cannot find out about this information on Alpico website.


Note of webmaster: Hi Anukal,

Yes, Shirahone Onsen is accessible by direct bus or by a combination of bus and train on Alpico's Matsumoto - Shin-Shimashima - Norikura Kogen (Highlands) Line. Please note that the following times are all Japan Standard Time.
Discount round trip tickets are also available. They are valid for 7 days and can be used for both the bus and the train.

Direct Bus to Shirahone Onsen: Departs from Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 13:30 (1:30 p.m.) and arrives at Shirahone Onsen (the last stop) at 15:33 (3:33 p.m.).
Train and Bus to Shirahone Onsen: The Kamikochi Line train departs from Matsumoto Station at 7:16 a.m. and arrives at Shin-Shimashima Station at 7:49 a.m. From there, you will need to transfer to the bus that departs at 8:05 a.m. You will arrive at Shirahone Onsen at 9:28 a.m.

Direct Bus to Matsumoto: Departs from Shirahone Onsen at 10:05 a.m.
and arrives at Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 12:03 p.m.
Bus and Train to Matsumoto: The bus departs from Shirahone Onsen at 15:45 (3:45 p.m.) and arrives at Shin-Shimashima Station at 17:08 (5:08 p.m.). From there, you will need to transfer to the Kamikochi Line train that departs at 17:23 (5:23 p.m.). You will arrive at Matsumoto Station at 17:52 (5:52 p.m.)

Have a nice visit!
- Paige



31 2017/3/16 Kamikochi round trip ticket
Vi 
THAILAND
Hello,

I will go to Kamikochi on 29/05/2017 in early morning but I will arrive Matsumoto on 28/05/2017 in the afternoon. I have some questions.
1. Where can I buy Matsumoto~Kamikochi(round trip)ticket in advance?
2. Or I can by ticket in the morning I don't know
what time ticket counter open.

Thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi Khun Vi,
Welcome to Matsumoto.
Ticket to Kamikochi is valid only for one day so cannot buy in advance so you will buy ticket on 29 May.
1. There is ticket vending machine in JR Matsumoto station outside of JR ticket counter. Left 2 machines are for Kamikochi Line. Press English button first.
2. There is bus terminal in front of JR station. Building itself is called ARIO and ticket counter can be found at entrance on the first floor. They open 4.40am everyday.
You can get all kinds of info at our Tourist Info Center located just in front of ticket gate at JR Matsumoto station, or one block before Matsumoto Castle when you arrive.
For any further info please email me. yamaishi@matsumoto-tca.or.jp
Khob khun Krab!



30 2017/3/3 Route to Mt. Norikura
Weera 
THAILAND
Dear sir,

I have plan to go to Matsumoto and Takayama area in 6-10 May 2017, I'm interested in the Alps Shinsyu/Hida Open Ticket 4 days pass. I have some question belows:
1. Do this pass can use reserved bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go? Or I can use only not reserved bus.

2. About route to Mt. Norikura. When this route is open? Please send me the schedule and bus timetable.

3. Please send me bus timetable from Takayama to Hida furukawa.

Best regards,
Weera Krykad


Note of webmaster: Hi Weera,

1. You can use only NOT-RESERVED bus.

2. The buses to the top (Tatamidaira) of the Mt. Norikura operates only July-Oct due to remaining snow (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/echoline/). Buses to the halfway (Kuraigahara Hut or snow gorge/Katanokoya Hut) operates from early-May (depends on the remaining snow, last year from May 9th). (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/haruyama/).

3. It seems to be only Japanese version (https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/wp_rnw/wp-content/themes/nouhibus/routebus/takayama/timetable/kamioka_furukawa.pdf). "古川駅前" in the middle of the table is "(Hida )Furukawa Station" It takes 0:50 or 1 hour from Takayama Bus Center (in the top of the table).

Have a wonderful trip,
- Andy



29 2016/10/30 Taiko Drum Festival
Jin 
THAILAND
Hi,

I want to visit Matsumoto for Taiko Drum Festival in July 2017. I would like to know whether I need to buy ticket. Where will the festival be held? Is it held only at the castle or around the town. Can you please suggest me on this? Thank you very much for your help.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Jin-san

The Festival is free and there is no ticket.
The main stage is in the castle garden. Until this year, some performances were held at a few other squares such as in front of the station.

- Andy



28 2016/7/11 Hiking Tsubakuro dake
Pun 
THAILAND
Hi, I will visit Matsumoto on Jul.15.16 and will do hiking to Tsubakurodake on Jul.16.16 then back to Matsumoto on Jul.17.16.

Is there any bus from Matsumoto direct to Nakabusa Onsen?

Any recommend Beef/Wagyu restaurant?


Note of webmaster: Hi,
There is no direct bus. You should go to Hotaka Station by JR and ride a direct bus to Nakabusa.

Restaurants you can eat wagyu beef is,
- Shangri-La in Tokyu REI Hotel in front of the station
- Restrorin (also good for gibier, a little expensive) between the station and castle
- BBQ restaurants, Meigetsukan (a little expensive) and Botanen (Kobe beef)
Take care not to eat too much

- Andy



27 2016/5/26 Pls help us to find the hotel on Saturday 16th July 2016
PK 
THAILAND
We plan to visit Matsumoto & Kamikochi on July 14-18,2016. It's really difficult to find the hotel in Matsumoto on Saturday 16th July from the website, could you please help us to find and recommend the hotel/ryokan for 4 adults around the Matsumoto station area (๋cost JPY 4000-6000/adult)?

Thank you.
PK


Note of webmaster: Hi,
I found only one available room in a inn (ryokan) Hakuraiso (舶来荘) in Yokota Hot Springs Area on Japanese website.
That day is a very busy day in Matsumoto, so if you want to stay there, please reserve by yourself or ask me (info@mtlabs.co.jp) to reserve (tell your name, necessity of meals (dinner and/or breakfast) hotel of the previous day) on your behalf. The price is 4,629 (with breakfast: 5,555; with dinner also: 6,481) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- Andy



26 2016/3/25 koboyama
nattapon 
THAILAND
Thank you for the quick reply earlier
i have a couple more questions
i would like to go to koboyama mountain for sakura..
1.can i go there by bus.. does it run often ? When is the last bus go back to matsumoto station? (In case i go to see sakura illumination at night if there is one)
2.is it far to get there by bike? Is there a place i can rent it? About how much?
3.is there an illumination at the castle on 15th of April?
Regards and have a good day


Note of webmaster: Hi again,
1. The bus to there,"Namiyanagidanchi Line", runs every 2 or 3 hours. It departs the Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 7:20 9:05 11:05 14:05 16:05 and 18:55. The last bus departs 'Koboyama Iriguchi' (trailhead) bus stop at 19:21.
2. Rental bikes are free. See here. It takes about 30 mins by bike. Not so far.
3. The special illumination for the cherries will start three days after cherries begin blooming (forecasted 'April 3rd') and continus 10 days. So, it might end around 15th. The lighting of the castle is held 365 days.
- Andy



25 2016/3/25 utsukushigahara
nattapon 
THAILAND
Dear Matsumoto ,
I am visiting Matsumuto next month 15-16April.. i will stay in town and would like to hike in Utsukushigahara heights.. is there a public transportation to get there at that time? Is it possible to do a daytrip??
Thank you in advance..


Note of webmaster: Hi nattapon,
Utsukushigahara Heights is a good place, but access to get there is a week point. Buses operate only in summer. Taxi to there is expensive.
If you manage to go there by car, a day trip is possible. Or, if you stay in one of two hotels there, they have pickup service from the Matsumoto station.
Sorry for inconvenience.
- Andy



24 2016/3/4 shirahone hot spring
morningme 
THAILAND
Hi,
First of all i would like to thank you for answer my question. I would like to ask for more questions;
1. It would be a better idea or not if i should rent a car for traveling from takayama-shirahone-matsumoto.(Is it difficult or dangerous to drive?
2. Which hotel do you recommend in shirahone between Yumoto Saito or Konashi no yu Sasaya? (Room, food and onsen)
Thank you


Note of webmaster: Hello again,
1. Umm... The road of Takayama-shirahone-matsumoto is narrow, old, and has many cliffs in both sides. I can't recommend driving unless you want adventure drive or you are skilled driver of Japanese roads.
2. I guess Konashi no yu Sasaya is much better, because it has private open-air onsen bath, locates in a quieter place surrounded by nature, and smaller Japanese-style building than Yumoto Saito. But, if you like bigger hotel and bath, Yumoto Saito Both might fit your preference. Both hotels are popular so I guess food are good in both.
- Andy



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