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5 2007/4/8 hi
katarina rhiner 
UNITED STATES
hi i am from iowa and i am doing a project when i stupled across your page as a matter of fact i am going to japan in june as an excange student and i really do think that it will be cool to see.



4 2007/3/26 Great site!
Colleen Rumpf 
UNITED STATES
I stumbled on your site tonight after searching for Asama Hot Plaza. It's been a few years since I've been in Matsumoto and I am homesick for it! Your site is terrific. I wanted to say that I have stayed at Ikedaya and it was lovely (I had a tatami room). They were so nice there and it was a huge improvement over the old Sunroute where I used to stay. Also, Sweet is my favorite cafe -- I used to go for a fabulous pastry and coffee in the morning and they would play The Beatles. Wonderful memories. Again, thanks for this site!


Note of webmaster: Hi Colleen
It's great to have your comments
If you would like to do a wee paragraph on any of the places you mentioned we would be glad to add it to the site in the related area.
Perhaps with instructions we may even be able to take a shot of the cafe or inn you have stayed at, to sit along side it. I understand you using the word "homesick" when relating to Matsumoto. I can well imagine feeling that way if I were now so far from it
Do write back with some details if you have the time.
Milton



3 2007/3/26 Matsumoto - home away from home
Dan Lonigro 
UNITED STATES
No comparison between this website and the govt one. Very user friendly and I like the menu items. The "wikipedia" link on the Hot Springs section was a great idea. First time onsen can be a little intimidating. This makes it less so. After having lived in well over a dozen cities in Japan, there is no place I would rather spend time than good ole Matsumoto!


Note of webmaster: If anyone out there in blogland would like to see a picture of Dan in an onsen, please send a plain brown envelope and a fiver! He's absolutely right though - you've got to get into the whole onsen gig to push your travelling experiences into another dimension. Rub a dub dub y'all!



2 2007/3/24 Mr.
Howie Pine 
UNITED STATES
Having seen and lived in a few places around Japan in the 1990s, I have to say that Matsumoto and the surrounding area is one of, if not the best, place to visit or live in Japan. It's got the history, great food, good local izakaya, a mixture of the old and new, and just a vibe that calls out to you, 'Ah, this is the true Japan'. If you are going to visit Japan make sure to add this area to your list. You'll be glad you did.



1 2007/3/16 I had been looking for a website like this!
Linda Parker 
UNITED STATES
I really like the new website - I had been looking for a website like this about Matsumoto that lists all of the hotels - having all of the local hot springs listed is a bonus as well.

There is one festival that wasn't included in events - The Asama Onsen area Heso Festival (festival of the belly button.) That festival was a really good time, it's in July or August I believe..

Cheers,
Linda


Note of webmaster: Linda,
Thank you for the message. I'm glad you like the site. We did a little research about the Asama Onsen area Heso Festival. It looks like it was held from 1985 to 1994, but has not been held since. It's sorry to hear this because a belly button festival sounds like fun. Thanks for the heads up though. Please let us know if there is anything else that we are missing or that you think we should add.
All the best!
Liza



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