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4 2007/12/19 Shirahone Hotspring
After consideration, we decide to go to Shirahone hotspring instead of Kusatsu onsen.
We plan to go there on Apr 24, but when seeing bus timetable, this date is not applicable.

1. I'm travel on JR pass, which is the economy way to reach Shirahone? Can we go by JR train?
2. If go by bus, please let me know the bus timetable from Matsumoto and the way back
3. Which ryokan you can recommend? I prefer the nice open air bath.

Thank you very much for your kind answer

Note of webmaster: Hi Sugarcane,
You can go to Shirahone hot spring only by bus. There is no JR from Matsumoto.
The bus timetable from/to Matsumoto is located at
As for ryokans, see our Accommodation Directory - Shirahone Hot Spring page.
All ryokans in the directory have open air baths. In particular, Awanoyo is famous for its large open air bath.

3 2007/12/14 Accommodation in Nagano city
Thank you for the kind advise on bus timetable.

Here's new question.

I try to find homy accommodation in Nagano city, as this should be better to stay here before going to Kusatsu onsen the next day.It seems to me that there is limited accommodation for tourist in Nagano city.
Can you please advise web page or the budget accommodation in Japanese style in Nagano city.

Thank you a lot


Note of webmaster: Hello again,
Because we live in Matsumoto, we don't know much about Japanese style accommodation ('ryokan') in Nagano city.
On the website of the Nagano Convention & Visitors Bureau, there is an Accommodations page that contains a list of hotels and ryokans.
There is an 'inquiry' link in their menu, so, I think you can ask them.

2 2007/12/10 To Kusatsu onsen from Matsumoto

I need help for bus timetable to kusatsu onsen.

I'm travelling on JR Pass. From Matsumoto I plan to go to Kusatsu onsen via Naganohara Kusatsuguchi and take JR bus.

Can I have the bus timetable

Note of webmaster: Hi, sugarcane
I found the bus timetable here and next page here (in Japanese).
The bus leaves Naganohara Kusatsuguchi at 7:00, 7:50, 8:58, 9:58, 10:55, 11:35(only on Saturdays and holidays), 12:20, 12:35, 13:17, 13:35(only for JR train Kusatsu 83), 14:20, 14:37, 15:32, 16:25, 17:20, 18:22, 19:20, 20:25, and 21:55.
Have a nice trip!
Andy (Japanese)

1 2007/5/21 Koboyama
I'm planning to visit Matsumoto next year, and found this website helpful.
I'm interested in Kobayama, to see cherry blossom, and wish to have a day trip from Matsumoto.
Unfortunately, I cannot find how to reach there.

Please advise.

Thank you.

Note of webmaster: Hello there.
Mt Koboyama is quite close to Matsumoto. A Taxi from the downtown railway station or perhaps the slightly closer 'Minami Matsumoto' station would only take a 5 or so minutes. I suggest visiting the nearby museum also to get the picture on the history and artifacts. You could also take advantage of the free loan bikes which can be loaned from the City offices. ... sorry about no map. I will prepare an update to the page on how to get there and to the related culture Museum in the next few days.


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