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609 2017/3/16 Kai
Kai 
SINGAPORE
Hi!

I am hoping to visit Matsumoto in August and attend the Seiji Ozawa Festival orchestra concerts. Is there any group or individual that can assist me to purchase the ticket, and plan for my stay at Matsumoto?

I've read somewhere that hotel rooms are hard to book especially during the music festival in August. Will there still be vacant rooms if I book in June?

Looking forward to some suggestions and advice. Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Kai-san
Teddy Yamaishi in Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association sent you a reply by e-mail. Please check your e-mail.
- Andy



608 2017/3/3 Route to Mt. Norikura
Weera 
THAILAND
Dear sir,

I have plan to go to Matsumoto and Takayama area in 6-10 May 2017, I'm interested in the Alps Shinsyu/Hida Open Ticket 4 days pass. I have some question belows:
1. Do this pass can use reserved bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go? Or I can use only not reserved bus.

2. About route to Mt. Norikura. When this route is open? Please send me the schedule and bus timetable.

3. Please send me bus timetable from Takayama to Hida furukawa.

Best regards,
Weera Krykad


Note of webmaster: Hi Weera,

1. You can use only NOT-RESERVED bus.

2. The buses to the top (Tatamidaira) of the Mt. Norikura operates only July-Oct due to remaining snow (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/echoline/). Buses to the halfway (Kuraigahara Hut or snow gorge/Katanokoya Hut) operates from early-May (depends on the remaining snow, last year from May 9th). (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/haruyama/).

3. It seems to be only Japanese version (https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/wp_rnw/wp-content/themes/nouhibus/routebus/takayama/timetable/kamioka_furukawa.pdf). "古川駅前" in the middle of the table is "(Hida )Furukawa Station" It takes 0:50 or 1 hour from Takayama Bus Center (in the top of the table).

Have a wonderful trip,
- Andy



607 2017/2/3 accommodation in Matsumoto
igor 
AUSTRALIA
Hi I am going to Matsumoto with my 80 years old mum. We want to stay 2-3 days in onsen and 2-3 days in Matsumoto city.
Please recommend area/place where can do slow strolls (flat), good view onsen accommodation (Asama or Utsukushigohara) and reasonable hotel in Matsumoto (with rotenburo if possible, something like Dormy Inn)


Note of webmaster: Hi, Igor-san
If your mother is inrested in Japanese traditional old house shopping street, Nakamachi and Nawate in Matsumoto and Narai-juku (old post town) in Shiojiri in Kiso Valley are flat old streets good for strolling.
Most ryokans in Asama or Utsukushigohara Onsen provide good view. Especially, Kikyotei Yumotoya in Asama has a private big hot spring bathroom with excellent view of Japan Alps in the 6th floor.
I think Dormy Inn is the only reasonable hotel with rotenburo in Matsumoto downtown. If you don't insist on rotenburo, please look for other hotels in the list of our accommodation page.
- Andy



606 2017/1/31 This page is interesting
MarcoN 
UKRAINE
I really enjoyed reading welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp , bookmarked your page



605 2016/12/30 Contact details in Matsumoto
Tony Jarrett 
AUSTRALIA
Hello, first of all I am not concerned if you don't post this public ally as there are really a series of questions I hope you can assist me with.

I have visited Matsumoto 3 times in my 8 visits to Japan. I have written a few posts on my blog about Matsumoto, with many more still to be finalised. See "tonyj2japan"

The volunteer guides at Matsumoto Castle were my first experience with this fantastic way of connecting up with passionate local people. I have used volunteer guides in 12 places now in Japan. Which leads into my questions.

Can you find me the address of Matsumoto Fire Station 21 please, that covers the Uchida and Kotobukidai areas.

Also, I am trying to make contact again with Yuri Kashiwazawa from the Matsumoto City Government - then in the International Relations Section - if he still works for the City.

I appreciate your help. Great site by the way, which I have trawled for previous visits.

Thanks

Tony


Note of webmaster: Dear Mr. Tony Jarrett
I briefly read your blog post about your great and interesting international exchange with local Matsumoto Fire Station people.

The mail (not e-mail) address of the Station #21 seems to be
2203-1 Uchida, Matsumoto City, Nagano 399-0023 Japan
The Japanese title of the station is,
Matsumoto-shi Shobodan Dai 21 Bundan (in Matsumoto City Uchida Office)

I asked the City Office about Yuri Kashiwazawa, but we are now in the New Years' holidays as you may know, so pls wait until early Jan. I will e-mail you when I got an answer from the City Office because it might contact a private contact info.

I will you have a happy new year,
- Andy



604 2016/12/28 follow up - snowshoeing in Kamikochi from Matsumoto
Jane Osborne 
CANADA
Hi Andy,
Jane again. Thank you so much for your message!
By 'independent guide' I just meant someone local who perhaps takes people on multi-day treks in the summer months? Or someone local who loves to get out into the mountains? Thank you for the link to the Little Peaks website. Unfortunately I do not speak Japanese so of course I do not know what the tour entails. I snowshoe and hike often at home so for example, if a lesson is included I do not need that. My plans are now clearer also, so I know that I am hoping to hike on the 14th. I just hoped it might be possible to spend a day in the mountains and it would be safer, easier and more interesting and fun with a guide/local person. Thanks so much for your help. Can you tell me anything more about the tour with Little Peaks?
Thank you so much for your help! - jane


Note of webmaster: Hi, Jane
Little Peaks' Kamikochi tour is not available on 14th and I am afraid they don't have a English guide. Northstar, the owner and some workers of which are English native speakers, might be better. But, as you can see reservation status of the snowshoe tour (maybe in Norikura, not in Kamikochi) on their English website, all days in January incl. 14th are "occupied". You might ask them by their contact page.
If Northstar can't satisfy your need, I will try to find an individual guide, so pls tell me which you prefer hiring a professional nature guide (maybe around 20,000 - 30,000 yen) or you want a volunteer person (no responsible for any accident), where you will stay on 13th and 14th, and which you snowshoe by yourself or number of attendants by info@mtlabs.co.jp.
- Andy



603 2016/12/25 Snowshoeing in Kamikochi from Matsumoto
Jane 
CANADA
Hello!
I will be in Matsumoto around Jan 13-15 and would love to get out into the mountains and do some snowshoeing if possible- perhaps in Kamikochi? I'm having a hard time finding out a lot of information online. Any chance there might an independent guide I could go with? Any help would amazing! Thank you so much!
jane


Note of webmaster: Hi, what does "independent guide" mean? If you can pay around 9,000 yen , you can join a guide tour of winter Kamikochi snowshoeing. According to such a company "Little Peaks"' Japanese website, you can join the tour on Jan 13 (if you can't make a reservation in Japanese, I can do instead).
In winter Kamikochi, there is no facility like shops, managed toilets or emergency offices, so a guide is necessary. Norikura is much easier, because it is ski resort and there are snowshoe courses and rental shops, so you can snowshoe by yourself if you don't like a guided tour.
- Andy



602 2016/12/22 Can I do Kamikochi & Norikura in one day (from Matsumoto return)
Lisa 
AUSTRALIA
Hi there. Your website is a fantastic help for travelers, so thank you . I will be in Matsumoto in June 2017 and I am wondering if it would be possible for me to do the following in one day: Matsumoto to Kamikochi (early bus at 5.30am). Then from Kamikochi to Norikura (via Hirayu Onsen & Norikura Skyline) leaving about midday. Then from Norikura back to Matsumoto. Is this too much for one day? I can't seem to find information on how long the bus takes between Norikura & Matsumoto.
Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Uum.. if you like a busy trip by which you go around many places like our Japanese travelers, it is possible.
For example, leave Kamikochi at 11:00 (see this time table of 2016) and transfer at Hirayu Onsen and leave there at 11:40 and arrive at Mt. Norikura at 12:40 (time table B of this page). Leave their at 15:05 and transfer at Kanko Center (TIC) (time table). Leave there at 16:13 and arrive at Matsumoto Station at 17:52 (the 4th time table of this page).
Good luck,
- Andy



601 2016/12/6 Restaurant
Jimmythkoo 
HONG KONG
Hi

I am planning to visit Matsumoto and wondering if there is any event going on from Feb 4- Feb 12?

Beside, is there any local restaurant that you could recommend. We are looking for REAL local experience? We are looking for one above average expensive restaurant and one cheap but good restaurant


Note of webmaster: Hi,

February is off-season and no event in Matsumoto during 4-12. In Omachi, about one hour by train from Matsumoto, Dream Fireworks and Sound Festival at Omachi Onsenkyo (Hot Springs) and Ameichi Festival at downtown will be held.
As for restaurants, Hikariya East I added to Japanese restaurant directory might be real local experience with Japanese dish menu (lunch / dinner). Sakuraya (Eel) is a little cheaper but good for Japanese food experience.
Cheap but good one might be in izakaya and yakitori pubs in the directory. Irori Kaisen Ninnikuya is good and has English menu. Motojiya Robata Shoya is another option. Banrai is popular among local Japanese. [Andy]



600 2016/12/1 Soba noodle making workshop
May 
SINGAPORE
Hi,

My family and I will be visiting Matsumoto in December. I read online there is soba noodle making workshop available at soba takagi in Matsumoto. May I ask how do I make reservations for the workshop?
Or do you have any recommendations on soba making workshops?

Thank you for your help.

Best regards,
May Leong


Note of webmaster: Hello May,
I communicated with Takagi and sent you e-mail.
Could you tell me whether the cost (6000 yen) and time OK and whether you eat soba you made after the experience?
Takagi is located at a very convenient place (close to the castle) and they also have a soba restaurant inside the building. So, I think it is a good place to experience making tasty Soba.
- Andy



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