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643 2018/2/13 Return bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto

I've read that when travelling on a return ticket from Matsumoto to Kamikochi, you need to collect a numbered ticket for the return bus from Kamikochi. How quickly do the tickets disappear for the buses leaving Kamikochi between 3-5pm on a weekday in July? I'd like to get off the bus and start hiking from Taisho-ike, but am worried that reaching the Bus Center around mid-morning will make me too late to get a ticket for my preferred return bus.

Thank you!

Note of webmaster: Greetings Michelle,

Weekdays in July, especially those before the 20th, are not in peak season, so ideally you should be able to get a seat on one of the buses that depart between 3 and 5 p.m. You cannot reserve seats on the Kamikochi-Matsumoto bus line, so even if you get a ticket early, you will need to be physically present to secure a seat on the bus. While there are only a few buses that run direct from Kamikochi to Matsumoto (Station/Bus Terminal) there are a number of buses that run from Kamikochi to Shin-Shimashima from which you can take a Kamikochi Line train to Matsumoto Station. You can purchase round trip tickets that are valid on both the bus and train lines. See ALPICO's site for more details

Enjoy the park!