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629 2017/11/16 Another question
Anukal 
THAILAND
Hello,

Thanks for answering so quickly. I have another question.

Are there buses running from Shirahone Onsen to Shin-Hotaka in the winter of December 2017? And, on the way back are there buses going from Shin-Hotaka back to Matsumoto? Where can I find their time tables?

I would like to go to the Shin-Hotaka ropeway in December 2017 after Shirahone Onsen?

Thanks.


Note of webmaster: Hi Anukal,

There are buses that will take you from Shirahone Onsen to Shin-Hotaka and back to Matsumoto, but you will need to transfer.

Shirahone Onsen -->Shinhotaka Ropeway
Step 1: From Shirahone Onsen, take the bus bound for Matsumoto and get off at Oyako-daki (K17). Two buses leave from Shirahone Onsen: the 10:05 a.m. and the 15:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m.) The timetable is available here (Japanese only) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/shirahone/

Step 2: From Oyako-daki, take the express bus bound for Takayama and Shinhotaka. Get off at Hirayu-Onsen (the last stop).
The timetable is available here (in English and Japanese). http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/ Please be aware that while two buses (shown in yellow) appear to be running to the Shinhotaka Ropeway stop, they are NOT in service during the winter.

Step 3: From Hirayu-Onsen, take the Nohi Bus to the Shinhotaka Ropeway. The timetable is available here (in English). https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/route_bus/shinhotaka-line-en/

Shinhotaka Ropeway -->Matsumoto

Step 1: From the Shinhotaka Ropeway stop, take the Nohi Bus back to Hirayu-Onsen.

Step2: Take the express bus from Hirayu-Onsen to Matsmoto Bus Terminal
The timetable is available here http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/.

Hope this helps!
- Paige



628 2017/11/15 Questions about Alpico buses in the winter to Shirahone Onsen
Anukal 
THAILAND
Hello,

I am planning to visit Matsumoto area in December 2017. I plan to visit Shirahone Onsen. I would like to know if there are buses from Matsumoto to Shirahone Onsen. Or, are there other transportations to get there in December? I cannot find out about this information on Alpico website.


Note of webmaster: Hi Anukal,

Yes, Shirahone Onsen is accessible by direct bus or by a combination of bus and train on Alpico's Matsumoto - Shin-Shimashima - Norikura Kogen (Highlands) Line. Please note that the following times are all Japan Standard Time.
Discount round trip tickets are also available. They are valid for 7 days and can be used for both the bus and the train.

Direct Bus to Shirahone Onsen: Departs from Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 13:30 (1:30 p.m.) and arrives at Shirahone Onsen (the last stop) at 15:33 (3:33 p.m.).
Train and Bus to Shirahone Onsen: The Kamikochi Line train departs from Matsumoto Station at 7:16 a.m. and arrives at Shin-Shimashima Station at 7:49 a.m. From there, you will need to transfer to the bus that departs at 8:05 a.m. You will arrive at Shirahone Onsen at 9:28 a.m.

Direct Bus to Matsumoto: Departs from Shirahone Onsen at 10:05 a.m.
and arrives at Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 12:03 p.m.
Bus and Train to Matsumoto: The bus departs from Shirahone Onsen at 15:45 (3:45 p.m.) and arrives at Shin-Shimashima Station at 17:08 (5:08 p.m.). From there, you will need to transfer to the Kamikochi Line train that departs at 17:23 (5:23 p.m.). You will arrive at Matsumoto Station at 17:52 (5:52 p.m.)

Have a nice visit!
- Paige



627 2017/11/6 About Japanese language class
Yuyen 
TAIWAN
Hello, I will stay in Matsumoto for two months and I heard about Japanese language lessons, is there still opening for who wants to learn? Where should I go for? Thank you Arigato! Yuyen


Note of webmaster: Hi (konnichiwa), Yuyen
See here about Japanese language lessons.
- Andy



626 2017/11/5 Mr
Aman 
UNITED KINGDOM
English speaking guide required from 7th nov - 9th nov for a husband and wife


Note of webmaster: Hi, Aman
A professional guide, Ms. Kubo will e-mail you.
Have a nice trip,
- Andy



625 2017/10/29 Matsumoto to MMJ Airport
Wei 
AUSTRALIA
Hi there,
Trying to figure out which way is better to get from Hakuba to Sapporo.
1) Kamishiro to MMJ Airport or
2) Nagano to Haneda Airport (will have JR pass)

How do you get from Matsumoto station to MMJ Airport? If by bus, is there a timetable? Trying to work out if we'll make the one flight in time!

Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi Wei-san,

> 1) Kamishiro to MMJ Airport or
is faster but only one flight per day
> 2) Nagano to Haneda Airport (will have JR pass)
is much cheaper and more flights by some airlines.

The bus info including timetable to MMJ Airport is
here and it departs to match the flight time.

Enjoy Hakuba and Hokkaido,

- Andy



624 2017/10/21 English speaking guide for Nov17
Soo 
SINGAPORE
Travelling to Matsumoto in mid Nov17 for a week. Looking for a guide.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Soo
I asked a guide to contact you by e-mail.
Have a wonderful trip,
- Andy



623 2017/9/21 Orange Manga/Movie Locations Tour
Michiko 
PHILIPPINES
Hello! I will be travelling back to Japan this fall season with my sisters and we plan to have a day tour in Matsumoto from Tokyo to visit Orange Manga/Movie filming locations. I've read the same inquiry from one of your guests dated April, so I was wondering if the tour maps are still available at Tourist centers? I only have a soft scanned copy but it's all in Japanese Characters, do they have available in English? Thank you so much for your help.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Michiko.
You can get Japanese location maps of the manga and movie (separately) in TIC's in Matsumoto.
Sorry we don't have English version.
I am glad the Orange is popular in Philippin.
Free rental bikes may be convenient to see around the locations. Have a nice trip.
- Andy



622 2017/8/28 Utsukushigahara Onsen Line
Thai 
AUSTRALIA
Hello,
I wonder if you could please help me. I'd like to book accommodation at Utsukushigahara Onsen; however, i can't seem to find any bus timetable from Matsumoto station to Utsukushigahara Onsen. I will arrive in Matsumoto quite late, approx 6 pm. Will there still be bus running to Utsukushigahara Onsen that late? Thank you so much in advance :)


Note of webmaster: Hi there,

Yes, there is a bus from the station to Utsukushigahara Onsen! It runs until 9:45 pm on weekdays and 8:45 pm on weekends/holidays, and there are about 2 buses every hour. The bus leaves from the Matsumoto Bus Terminal across from the train station (it's attached to the Ario shopping center. Google Map). The bus number is 31 and it leaves from platform 3 inside the Bus Terminal. Fare is 340 yen to go to Utsukushigahara Onsen.

Have a good trip!
- Felice



621 2017/8/16 Asama onsen taimatsu matsuri 2017
Sebastian von Gumpert 
GERMANY
Hello!

We're going to Japan in September and October 2017 and heard about the Asama onsen taimatsu matsuri fire festival which we would love to visit. On another website we found the date of the 8th of October for it , which would be perfect but here it says it's gonna be on the 14th which would be a pity cause we are leaving Japan on the 11th of October. Can you tell me whats the correct information?

Thanks, your help is much appreciated! Sebastian


Note of webmaster: Hi Sebastian,

That festival is held on the 2nd Saturday of October every year, so the correct date for this year is Oct. 14. (Oct. 8 was the date from last year...).

Let us know if you have any other questions!
-Felice



620 2017/8/3 Apprenticeship
Chuck 
UNITED STATES
Hello,

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.

Sincerely,

Chuck Malone



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