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147 2018/3/1 Luggage and Baggage Storage

Are there any known areas that handle luggage or baggage storage for the day? My luggage is about 100L in size, so I'm afraid it will not fit in the coin lockers at Matsumoto Station. I am planning to spend 2 hours in Matsumoto and leave directly to Haneda Airport for a flight.

Thank you very much in advanced.

Note of webmaster: Hi Marie,

The large-size coin lockers (see this size list and map of locations) should be able to accommodate even 100L suitcases, but in the event that they cannot/are full, the only place nearby that does storage is at the shop at Matsumoto Castle.
Please note that you will need to pay to enter the inner garden, so if you don't have plans to view the castle, this might not be the best option.
A taxi will cost you less than ¥1,000 to get there. Or you can take the town sneaker which runs every 20-30 minutes and will cost ¥200. If you plan on making any other stops, I recommend the Town Sneaker 1-Day Ticket, which costs ¥500, but also offers discounts to the castle and other sightseeing attractions.

Hope you have a chance to visit us again!


146 2018/2/9 cliff
Plan to be in Matsumoto April 16-18. Will the cherry blossoms be in bloom? Considering a day trip to Takato castle park. Is this possible by train? Will cherry blossoms be in bloom there? Thanks

Note of webmaster: Hi Cliff,

Although it varies by year, the cherry blossom schedule for Takato Park is usually as follows (give or take a few days):
Begin blooming: around Apr 5
Full bloom: around Apr 10-23
Finished: around 4/29
As for the park hours, they are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Apr 1-30. The trees will be lit up at sunset starting Apr 6. When the cherry blossoms are at their peak, the park will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Note: Last entrance is 21:30.
You can access the park via a combination of train and bus. From Matsumoto Station you will take the JR Chuo Line or the Super Express Azusa to Okaya Station. Transfer at Okaya Station to the JR Iida Line and get off at Inashi Station. Take a bus to the Takato Eki stop then walk about 15 minutes to the park. The buses depart about every 20 minutes.
Admission to the park is 500 (250 for elementary and middle school students) during the festival.

Cherries in Nagano near Matsumoto are forecasted as,
Begin blooming: around Apr 12, 2018
Full bloom: around Apr 17-23

Happy Hanami!


145 2017/8/3 Apprenticeship

I recently won a scholarship to study how to make sake or shochu in Japan. I visited Matsumoto when I was stationed in Yokosuka with the US Navy. I'm trying to reach out to Kametaya Sake Brewery to see if they are interested in training an American for 4-5 months. I will provide my own housing and need no payment. Thank you and have a wonderful day.


Chuck Malone

144 2017/4/28 Free bikes
Albert B. 
Hello. I'll be visiting Matsumoto in May. I want to see the castle and also a Ukiyoe Museum. I see that Matsumoto offers free bike rentals. There is some information on your website which says "Free bicycles 'Sui Sui Town' are available daily 9:00am to 5pm at various locations throughout town, including the public hall 'M Wing'
Can you be more specific, where the Public Hall is? I will have very limited time in Matsumoto. I see there is a bike parking lot, right in front of train station, but I think these are private bikes. Thank you very much

Note of webmaster: Hi Albert!

The M Wing is near the Parco department store which is about 5 minutes from Matsumoto station. Here is a link to the location on Google maps:

Google Maps M Wing Location

There's also a paid rental cycle place (500 yen per day) outside of the east exit of Matsumoto station. They're open from 7:00am to 9pm. The rental cycles are located in the building next to the pinpoint on the map here.

Here's a detailed map (Japanese) for the same place.

I hope that helps!
- Felice

143 2016/8/4 Rental classifieds online?
We have visited Matsumoto twice and plan to visit again soon. I am interested in finding an apartment rental agency or classified house rental resource that I can browse remotely. Also is there a business oriented group that will assist english speaking gaijin in getting permitted? Any suggestions please? Many thanks

142 2016/8/3 City museum calligraphy exhibit
Michael Lang 

Greetings from Maine, USA!

My family and I had a great visit to Matsumoto a few weeks ago. At the City Museum was an exhibit of a contemporary painter who worked exclusively in Japanese calligraphy. Unfortunately, I did not note the name of this incredible artist. Would someone please pass along his name to me? Thank you.

We miss Matsumoto!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Michael-san

Did you visit Art Museum, which is famous for Yayoi Kusama's works? If so, it may be Shinzan Kamijo (see here). If this is not one you are looking for, please tell more detailed info.
- Andy

141 2016/7/4 Kominkan
Is there another kominkan in Matsumoto beside M-Wing?

Note of webmaster: Hello, there are many (maybe more than 100) kominkan if we count small local kominkan.
Some sightseeing spots are also kominkan and anyone can rent a room. For example, old buildings in Agatanomori Park, Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, Performing Arts Center are kinds of kominkan.
Also, you can rent a room in the citizen support center (2th of TIC near the Castle) free-of-charge if you are Matsumoto citizen and register.
- Andy

140 2016/2/20 2 days Matsumoto itinerary
Aloha, we will be in Matsumoto in the afternoon on April 18, and leave early noon on April 20. Can you please suggest an itinerary for sightseeing, activities and restaurants.? Thank you for your assistance.

Note of webmaster: Hi, I sent your e-mail address to a person in Matsumoto City Tourism Association. He or she will send you a suggested itinerary.
If you don't receive e-mail within a week, post again.
I hope this will help you.
- Andy

139 2015/10/11 Beginner Japanese classes

Moved to Matsumoto a week ago and been searching for beginner Japanese language lessons. Do you have any recommendations where to look?

Any response will be greatly appreciated.

Note of webmaster: Konnichiwa (not Konichiwa), yokoso (welcome) to Matsumoto!
Could you read this response to a similar question?
- Andy

138 2015/9/18 Matsutake Mushrooms
I heard matsutake mushrooms are in season. Are there any farmer's markets near Matsumoto that sell matsutake mushrooms?
Are they grown near Matsumoto?
Thank you in advance. Denn

Note of webmaster: Hi, denn-san
Yes, matsutake's season has started. Most of farmer's markets in or near Matsumoto (for example, Yamabe Winery and Horigane Bussan Center) except for small markets are selling them. And I think matsutakes sold in farmer's markets are grown near Matsumoto.
You might know, they are very expensive (several thousands yen).
- Andy

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