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135 2015/5/29 Thanks Milton
Keith 
UNITED STATES
Thanks Milton,

I will check the link you have provided. The commitment to this guest blog by the editor's is stellar!


Note of webmaster: Hi again Keith.

I mena to reply a little more yet, but can't just at the moment.

Please check back here and in your mail in a few hours.



134 2015/5/27 Real Estate resource
Keith 
UNITED STATES
Greetings hosts,
My wife and I have visited Matsumoto twice and are interested in seeing what is available for vacation houses or conventional housing for purchase in Matsumoto and vicinity. Are there agencies with a web sight that could be recommended that can work with foreign buyers? Thank You!


Note of webmaster: Hi There Keith.

I caretake a vacation home for a person I first met on this page.
It would be available for short term or long term rental for that matter.
It is in the hills around Matsumoto. Such places are available at times.

It was purhased at a very competitive price in a run down state.
(A few tens of thousands I think, from a pool of foreclosed homes).
It has been moderately tidied up now.

If you are across Japanese there are sites that list such current foreclosed homes that can be bidded on.

Beyond that regular real estate is available.
Remember that in Japan expect deflation on a property, especially one with a newer building on it.

I think best value is derived from a building a decade or too old for a home.
For space and land older homes in a good state go for little more than land value.
Buildings here are seen like cars and devalue rapidly also. Probably little value is seen as being held in a typical 30+ year old building.

I will try to find a link to the default homes page if I can.
But remember it is very legally difficult in Japan to evict people from a home you may buy while they reside there.

I'll try to update this post soon with a link or maybe two.
And maybe one conversation on a podcast on this topic.


I am not so across regular Real Estate in English (but we own our own place so have been through a purchase process).


Milton

One link here to a useful Podcast by a Local Matsumoto resident on Real estate and housing.
There are a number of useful podcasts by this author that make for a good listen when you have a little time.
Most centered on the Matsumoto region and issues of living here in Japan from hands on locals.
http://japanofiles.com/episode_6



133 2015/5/18 Japanese Classes
Courtney 
UNITED STATES
I just moved here from the US and will be staying here a year possibly more. I heard from a friend about some free Japanese lessons in Matsumoto and was wondering if I could get some info about it. My friend doesn't remember much about it cause her sister went about 2 years ago. Thanks!


Note of webmaster: Welcome to Matsumoto, Courtney-san!
There are Japanese lessons in some kominkan (citizen's public hall). Popular ones are held in M Wing (Central kominkan) every Tuesday 7pm an Thursday 10am (you can see PDF leaflets from here.
If you want more detailed advice in English, visit International & Information Center in M-Wing.
- Andy



132 2015/5/7 Fishing in Matsumoto area
hawaiian traveler 2016 
UNITED STATES
Aloha !
I will be traveling to Japan in March 2016....Staying
at Tobira Onsen Myojinkan for 2 nights.....
Inquring if there is any stream/ river fishing close
by..
Thank you......Tom


Note of webmaster: Konnichiwa,
Myojinkan's Japanese blog says some guests were fishing along a river (photo) in front of the hotel. Ask Myojinkan!
- Andy



131 2015/4/3 Thank you, Andy, for your quick response re the cherry blossoms.
Sue 
UNITED STATES
We're looking forward to our trip to Matsumoto next week.



130 2015/4/2 Cherry blossoms in Matsumoto?
Sue 
UNITED STATES
Greetings! Are the cherry blossoms blooming now in Matsumoto? Thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi! Not yet started blooming. The forecast says tomorrow is the day but only cherries knows it. Anyhow it will full bloom one week later. You can see a live camera image of cherry trees in the castle here. It is in the Japanese site and now prepare to start it in the English site.
- Andy



129 2015/3/20 Matsumoto Baseball Schedule May 2015
Blair Prentice 
UNITED STATES
We'll be traveling nearby on May 4, 2015 and would like to come watch a game at this field. Is there baseball scheduled? If not, something else there or nearby?


Note of webmaster: Hello, Blair.
The detailed schedule is not yet released, but there should be local high school spring tournament games in the daytime on May 4, possibly semi-finals.
Japanese high school baseball games are so hot, I bet you get excited!
- Kaz
p.s. Bad news... This morning (Apr 21), I find the HS tournament schedule in the papers and there will be no games on May 4th in Matsumoto unless the games on May 2nd or 3rd are postponed. There will be games at Ueda Baseball Park on 4th but it's a little bit far from Matsumoto (approx 27 miles, or 2 hours by train)



128 2015/3/8 Visit Matsumoto during Apr 27 week
Duane 
UNITED STATES
Hello there,

I plan to visit the Kamikochi area during the week of April 27th. I know this is Golden Week, but it's the only time I have vacation time.

I want to know, is it ok to visit and hike around the Kamikoichi mountain areas, Matsumoto Castle, and general sightseeing during that week? Or will it be very crowded and unpleasant, in your opinion?

Also, how far is Matsumoto downtown from the Shinhotaka Ropeway?

Thanks for your help! First time visiting the Japanese Alps.


Note of webmaster: Hi Duane,
Matsumoto Castle is crowded. Especially on national holidays (April 29, May 4-6) and weekends, possibly you have to wait 1-2 hr wait to enter the castle tower.
Kamikochi mountain areas are not crowded because they are still "winter" and snow remains on mountain trails. So you need gears and skill for winter mountain climbing.
If you walk only flat trails such as Taisho Pond - Myojin Pond and maybe Tokusawa, the terminal of Shinhotaka Ropeway - the entrance of the mountain trail, you may be able to walk by good mountain-climbing boots or snowshoes.
From the Matsumoto Bus Terminal to the Shinhotaka Ropeway station by bus, it takes around 2 hours.
End of April is a good season to visit Matsumoto.
Enjoy your trip,
- Andy



127 2015/3/2 Questions about winter activities
Adam 
UNITED STATES
Hi, I am visiting Matsumoto for the second time next week (3/5) and bringing my family along for their first time in Japan. This will be my first time visiting in the winter and was wondering if there are any hiking / trails available during this season that is reasonably accessible from Matsumoto. I loved hiking Kamikouchi and the utsukushiigahara Alps but I heard they are all closed until April. Our stay is 1 night and we plan on doing Matsumoto castle, Is there any other activities you would recommend for our short stay? Thanks in advance!


Note of webmaster: Um.. Many visitors want to know hiking though this is not a season for hike. Please refer to others' questions and my answers (Hiking around Matsumoto late march - early april from Maren and Hiking Mid-April from Riccardo). Especially a trail between Joyama Park to Alps Park is nice and close. If you can snowshoe or x-country ski, Norikura Norikura Plateau is best.
Another alternative is visiting world-famous Jigokudani Hot Spring (Snow Monkey), about three hours distance from Matsumoto. It is also a 1 hour hike course.
Or, the Nakasendo Trail between Tsumago and Magome old post towns is also very popular among foreign travelers.
If you can be satisfied by a flat "walking" course, the Narai old post town of Nakasendo is closer from Matsumoto.
- Andy



126 2015/2/15 Name of Potter at Stationery Nomado on Nakamachi Street?
Mark Huey 
UNITED STATES
Could you tell me the name of the potter who sells his work at Stationery Nomado on Nakamachi Street. We purchased a tea bowl there in Nov. 2014 but I do not know his name. Thanks! I'm also interested in knowing what kind of glaze he uses to make the bowl light blue.


Note of webmaster: Hello Mark,
I asked Nomado. Probably the potter is Makio Hiragata. The light blue tea blowl's glaze is made by powder of feldspar contaning SiO much, natural straw ash, and china clay (1:2:1). But, it is difficult to make the color, he said.
I hope this info helps your pottery.
- Andy



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