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619 2017/7/26 From Matsumoto to Takayama
Laura 
SPAIN
I hope you can help me. We are going to travel with our child in August. He is 1 year old and we would like to find the most direct way to go from Matsumoto to Takayama. Is there any direct bus or train?
On the other hand, do you have any recommendation of a hotel in kamikochi? Thank you in advance for your help!


Note of webmaster: Hi Laura!

Thanks for your message. Yes, there is a direct bus from Matsumoto to Takayama. Here is the bus timetable in English.

As for hotels in Kamikochi, it really depends on your budget and how much "luxury" you're looking for. Here is a list of the hotels in Kamikochi that should give you a good place to start:
http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/contents09+index.id+6.htm

A good mid-grade hotel is the http://www.m-kamikouchi.jp/en/alpenhotel/. http://www.nishiitoya.com/en/ which is especially geared toward mountain climbers may also be a good option.

However, you need to be careful traveling in mid-August because it is the Obon summer holiday in Japan, and many places will be full or more expensive than usual.

Enjoy your trip!

- Felice



618 2017/6/15 English Speaking Guide required in Matsumoto
Yuri Cherniavsky 
AUSTRALIA
I need an Engligh speaking guide for a half a day tour in Matsumoto on 11 November 2017 for 8 people. Pick up from railway station between 8.30-9.00 AM. Could you please put me in contact with a reputable LOCAL guide


Note of webmaster: Hello,
A female professional and reputable English guide living in Matsumoto, Rico can do. I will tell your e-mail address to her, so please read her e-mail and negotiate.
- Andy



617 2017/6/13 Getting in Touch!
Matt 
CANADA
Hi there,

i'm Matt and i'm working with an organization that is interested in helping connect people from smaller cities like Matsumoto with people around the World who might be interested in learning more about the local culture and maybe even visiting.

Is there any way I can get in touch with the administrators of this website to find out more about Matsumoto?

Thanks!


Note of webmaster: Hi Matt,

Thanks for your interest, We received your email - I will send you a reply later today.

Thanks!
Felice



616 2017/5/29 Transport to Utsukushi ga hara open air museum
Lisa 
AUSTRALIA
Hello. I'm going to be in Matsumoto 25th-28th June and would like to visit the Utsukushi ga hara open air museum. It appears there is a bus that runs there but only in August? Can anyone let me know if I can get there on public transport in June, or do I need to hire a car?
Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi. The bus to the Open Air Museum operates only in August. But, there is another bus to Utsukushigahara Nature Preservation Center (you have to walk 100 min to the Open Air Museum, but it might be a good hike on the highlands) which starts operation from June 17. It operates only weekend until July 17 so you can ride 27th June (28th is Tour de Utsukushigahara cycling race, so the bus operates only in the afternoon).
It departs Matsumoto Sta West (Alps) Exit 8:15 and arrive at Utsukushigahara 9:30. For return, it departs Utsukushigahara 16:30 and arrive at Matsumoto Sta 17:45.
I hope 27th June will be fine and have a wonderful hike and art viewing.
- Andy



615 2017/5/18 Filipino Community
Jona 
PHILIPPINES
Hi,

I wonder if someone can help me connect with Filipino community in Matsumoto? I was trying to look in FB but was not successful. Thank you for the help.

Regards,

Jona


Note of webmaster: Hi,
I only know some Filipinos go to Catholic Matsumoto Church near the Castle. See their official website (in Japanese) and an unofficial Facebook page.
- Andy



614 2017/5/8 Kamikochi to Matsumoto
TOETY 
SINGAPORE
hi,

is there a direct bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto? where can I get it?

and how often are the buses back to Tokyo from Matsumoto?

Thanks ahead :)


Note of webmaster: Hi there,

There is a direct bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto twice a day. One departs at 16:00 and the other 16:45. See the bus schedule here.

Also, there are buses from Matsumoto to Tokyo about once every hour (sometimes twice in an hour). You can check the bus schedule here.



613 2017/4/28 Free bikes
Albert B. 
UNITED STATES
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



612 2017/4/11 Any coin locker?
Gloria 
SINGAPORE
I would like to do a day trip to matsumoto and would like to find out if there is luggage storage at the tourist information centre at JR matsumato station. thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Gloria
There are coin lockers at some places in the Station. See this page about the location, size, price and number. You can ask the Tourist Information Centre in the station when you can't find the place or a vacant locker.
Good luck,
- Andy



611 2017/3/28 Is Kamikochi accessible before opening ceremony?
Eline 
NETHERLANDS
Hi!

We are planning to visit Matsumoto in april (probably from april 19th) and we were wondering of Kamikochi park is accessible and nice to walk before the official opening ceremony. Can we go there for one or two daytrips and do some (short) hikes? Will there be lots of snow? And will there be any open facilities (restaurant/toilet) or is everything still closed?

Thank you so much for your reply.
Kind regards from Holland,
Eline


Note of webmaster: Hi Eline-san,
I think the bus & taxis will start operation and some facilities (some hotels, too) will open (or start preparing) April 17th this year. You can hike in mid-April but some snow remains on and along the trails. It is great because it is not busy (Japanese are few, but some foreigners including Asian tour travelers are there).
Take care and good luck,
- Andy



610 2017/3/16 Kamikochi round trip ticket
Vi 
THAILAND
Hello,

I will go to Kamikochi on 29/05/2017 in early morning but I will arrive Matsumoto on 28/05/2017 in the afternoon. I have some questions.
1. Where can I buy Matsumoto~Kamikochi(round trip)ticket in advance?
2. Or I can by ticket in the morning I don't know
what time ticket counter open.

Thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi Khun Vi,
Welcome to Matsumoto.
Ticket to Kamikochi is valid only for one day so cannot buy in advance so you will buy ticket on 29 May.
1. There is ticket vending machine in JR Matsumoto station outside of JR ticket counter. Left 2 machines are for Kamikochi Line. Press English button first.
2. There is bus terminal in front of JR station. Building itself is called ARIO and ticket counter can be found at entrance on the first floor. They open 4.40am everyday.
You can get all kinds of info at our Tourist Info Center located just in front of ticket gate at JR Matsumoto station, or one block before Matsumoto Castle when you arrive.
For any further info please email me. yamaishi@matsumoto-tca.or.jp
Khob khun Krab!



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