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592 2016/10/2 Apple pick up in mid of October
Margie Nguyen 
VIET NAM
Hello,
We would like to enjoy fruit picking up near Matsumoto (having only 4 hours). I see there are two farm near Matsumoto: azumino-fruitsland and Fumondi orchard in Shiojiri. Please advise me which is nearest and convenient transportation and have large fruit for pick up. Thanks a lot !


Note of webmaster: Hi, Fumondi Orchard is much easier to access. It is 15 min walk (or a few min taxi) from Shiojiri Station, which is 15 min from Matsumoto Sta by train. I don't know which have larger fruits and haven't been to both orchards, but Azumino's apples might be tasty than Shiojiri's. (Grapes can be picked in Shiojiri.)
- Andy



591 2016/10/2 White ribbons
Stacey 
SINGAPORE
Hi, I'm walking along Matsumoto and I see many streets hanging white ribbons. What does that mean?


Note of webmaster: Hi, Stacey
A natural and good question. It is a Japanese custom and it means "a shrine festival is held". This weekend, Yohashira Shrine 'Shinto Festival' was held. Today, I carried a float.
- Andy



590 2016/9/27 Matsumoto Station to Joyama Park
Stacey 
SINGAPORE
Hi Andy

In one of your earlier replies to a guest, you mentioned that one can take the Alps Koen Line bus to Joyama Park.

As the link to the schedule is not in English, I couldn't understand how to make my way to the park. May I know if I can take a bus to Joyama Park from Matsumoto Station?

Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hi Stacey,

As I replied to the earlier question, 開松(Hirakimatsu) is the nearest bus stop to Joyama Park. According to the bus timetable, the bus (No.45, to Alps Park) departs from the bus terminal 11:00 and 14:00.
Good luck and take care,
- Andy



589 2016/9/27 free foreign language castle guide service
Michael Loftus 
UNITED KINGDOM
Many congratulations on this excellent service which my wife and I used on Sunday. The guide was charming, attentive and very knowledgeable. Its a great facility which highlights the City's committment to inbound tourism. Thank you. Michael and Clare


Note of webmaster: Hi, I will forward your kind message to the castle guide group.
Thank you,
- Andy



588 2016/9/14 Daio Wasabi Farm
Cha 
AUSTRALIA
Hi ,
I'm planning to come to Daio Wasabi Farm with my husband from Tokyo. I read that we can ride a bus from Shinjuku. Which station should I go to? Matsumoto? Also, where can I get the free bike for the day? I saw it online at Sui Sui Town but there is no direction how to get there.
Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hello Cha-san,
The nearest train station of Daio Wasabi Farm is Hotaka, 30 min from Matsumoto by train (so more than 1:30 hours by bike). Most of Sui Sui Town's free bikes are old so I don't recommend them. There are two rental bike shops (not free) at Hotaka Station.
From Shinjuku, a bus to Hakuba (6 times per day) stops at Azumino Hotaka Bus Stop, which is 3 min walk to Hotaka train station. A bus to Matsumoto is more frequent (more than 1 time per hour).
Enjoy wasabi ice cream, wasabi beer, wasabi cutlet, ...
- Andy



587 2016/8/4 Rental classifieds online?
Keith 
UNITED STATES
Hi,
We have visited Matsumoto twice and plan to visit again soon. I am interested in finding an apartment rental agency or classified house rental resource that I can browse remotely. Also is there a business oriented group that will assist english speaking gaijin in getting permitted? Any suggestions please? Many thanks



586 2016/8/3 City museum calligraphy exhibit
Michael Lang 
UNITED STATES
Hi,

Greetings from Maine, USA!

My family and I had a great visit to Matsumoto a few weeks ago. At the City Museum was an exhibit of a contemporary painter who worked exclusively in Japanese calligraphy. Unfortunately, I did not note the name of this incredible artist. Would someone please pass along his name to me? Thank you.

We miss Matsumoto!

Michael


Note of webmaster: Hi, Michael-san

Did you visit Art Museum, which is famous for Yayoi Kusama's works? If so, it may be Shinzan Kamijo (see here). If this is not one you are looking for, please tell more detailed info.
- Andy



585 2016/8/3 Help~
Joy 
PHILIPPINES
Hello!
Hope someone will help me...
I'm looking for a "plywood" store so I can buy it cheaper instead buying in daiso...
And is there a free Japanese Lesson here in Matsumoto??
My work is at 5pm hope to do some Japanese Lesson during day time friday to tuesday only if there is any school for that for Free hop you could tell me 😁


Note of webmaster: Hi,
As for a plywood, we Japanese usually buy such things at "home centers" like Watahan, D-2, Cainz Home. But, 100 yen shops like Daiso might sell cheaper than them.
Free Japanese Lesson is held at some community centers (kominkan). At the biggest one M-Wing, two free lessons are held but they are Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Ask multiple cultural plaza at M-Wing for classes at other kominkans.
- Andy



584 2016/7/29 Tourist Guide service
Evelyn 
PHILIPPINES
Hi! I'm Evelyn. I'm a filipina living in
Matsumoto, Nagano . I speak english ang filipino language. If there's anybody who wants or looking for a guide, I offer such service. Please email me if I can be of help. Thank you and Welcome to Matsumoto!!!


Note of webmaster: Hi, what is your Japanese skill level?
If it is enough to guide and sometimes interpret, I reccommend you register at http://ctn.iinaa.net/ .
- Andy



583 2016/7/11 Hiking Tsubakuro dake
Pun 
THAILAND
Hi, I will visit Matsumoto on Jul.15.16 and will do hiking to Tsubakurodake on Jul.16.16 then back to Matsumoto on Jul.17.16.

Is there any bus from Matsumoto direct to Nakabusa Onsen?

Any recommend Beef/Wagyu restaurant?


Note of webmaster: Hi,
There is no direct bus. You should go to Hotaka Station by JR and ride a direct bus to Nakabusa.

Restaurants you can eat wagyu beef is,
- Shangri-La in Tokyu REI Hotel in front of the station
- Restrorin (also good for gibier, a little expensive) between the station and castle
- BBQ restaurants, Meigetsukan (a little expensive) and Botanen (Kobe beef)
Take care not to eat too much

- Andy



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