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329 2011/8/26 Kura
Elizabeth 
UNITED STATES
My husband and I ate at Kura the other night. It was the best sashimi we have ever tried. We also ordered seasonal vegetable tempura and Basashi. You must go! They have an English menu and made us feel very welcomed. They even gave us complimentary miso soup, tea, and a quick snack before our sushi arrived. We also received two sketches of the restaurant. SUPER FRIENDLY! We're going back one more time before we depart!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Elizabeth
Thank you for your comment. I copied it into Gourmet Directory - Japanese page.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Matsumoto,
- Andy



328 2011/8/18 renting tents?
jenn 
UNITED STATES
Thank you so much for your blog! It is the most helpful site I've found as I'm planning a trip to this area.

You mention that the campground in Kamikochi rents tents. Is it necessary (or possible) to make a reservation ahead of time to rent a tent? We will be coming the first week in September, so we expect there will be lots of other visitors... and we don't want to be stranded with no tent!

Also, are there ever children in the mountain huts? My husband and I are traveling with our 2 year old. We take him hiking all the time here in the US, and are curious if he would be welcome.


Note of webmaster: Hi, jenn
Thank you for your generous comment.
There are two campgrounds in Kamikochi. One is Konashidaira, only 10 min walk from the bus terminal. The other is Tokusawa, 2 hours walk (hike) from the bus terminal. See this map. The rental tents are not so many, so I recommend you to reserve one. If you send your name, date, time to arrive, which campground you choose, place to stay on the previous day, and phone number (if you have in Japan) to info@mtlabs.co.jp, I can reserve instead of you, because the campground keepers might not understand English. It costs 7000 JPY for one tent for 3-5 people.
Some hikers hike with (carrying) their kids also in Japan, so if you hike WITH SAFE and don't disturb other hikers, I think your kid is welcome. September is not busy season because Japanese summer vacation has ended and fall foliage haven't started yet, so I think mountain huts are not crowed.
- Andy



327 2011/8/12 I Love Matsumoto!
Jonathan 
UNITED STATES
I am staying here in Matsumoto for the Saito Kinen Festival, and I have found it to be a wonderful city with very friendly poeple.


Note of webmaster: Thank you, Jonathan!
Enjoy Matsumoto and the fabulous SKF festival!
- Andy



326 2011/7/25 matsuri
Lucie 
CZECH REPUBLIC
Hi,

first of all, thanks for this informative and helpful blog.
Wea re planning a visit to nagano/Matsumoto area at the beginning of the October. Could you please tell us how the shrine festival looks like? The thing is - as people interested in Japan we would like to experience typical matsuri. Are there any other local matsuris in October?
Thank you for the answer,

Lucie


Note of webmaster: Hello there Lucie.

There are at least two Matsuri in October.
See our events calender for details here http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/contents08+index.htm

There are also two together in late September of interest.
The Toraijin Festival is celebrates if I recall right the coming of new people from Korea I think many centuries ago. The next day is the Ofune Matsuri that is a big and interesting one.

The Yohashira or "four pillar" shrine festival on the 2nd and 3rd could be very convenient as it will be right down town in the heart of the streets that are of great tourist interest...Nawate Dori.
And on the next day the 3rd the Asam Onsen Fire festival...That is a sight to be seen for sure. You should certainly prioritise seeing that!

The next weekend on the 9th is a great event at the castle not a matsuri but a festival of Soba - the cheerished local buckwheat noodles. It will be a bustling event attended by thousands.

That is about all except the next weekend people dressed as Samurai will be firing off antique rifles from the Edo period at the castle.
http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/modules/xpressme/?p=124

See the calender but it looks like there will be much to do.

I recommend the Fire festival weekend most of all.

Milton

Additional Info (URLs are in Japanese):
- Ofune Matsuri (Milton mentions) at Hotaka Shrine: Sep 26th 8am-, 27th 3pm-
JR Ohito line, Hotaka Station (3 minutes walk from the station)
http://www.hotakajinja.com/
- Isago Shrine: Sep 26th (Matsuri is held only in every 7 years - year of rabbit and rooster.)
Kamikochi line, Ohniwa Station (7 minutes walk from the station)
http://takara.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/city/186.html
- Misha Shrine Fire Festival (Milton mentions): Oct 3rd
ALPICO bus, Asama line
http://www.asamap.net/festival/post-7.html
- Yohashira Shrine (Milton mentions): Oct 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Matsumoto downtown
http://www.tripadvisor.jp/Attraction_Review-g298118-d324946-Reviews-Yohashira_Shrine-Matsumoto_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html
http://youkoso.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/citizensweblog/?p=15
- Rico

-Nice Rico
Milton



325 2011/7/10 Is Matsumoto Castle still open to the public?
Janus 
CANADA
Hi,

I hope everyone is fine after the earthquake. I was wondering if the Matsumoto Castle is still open to the public and can be visited?

Thanks in advance!

Janus


Note of webmaster: Yes, you can view the inside of the castle as usual. The castle suffered slight cracks on inside walls, but no problem. On July 16 and 17, the castle will hold a special event to apeal it is safe and robust.
- Andy



324 2011/7/4 Some questions about Matsumoto
Sonya 
AUSTRALIA
Thank you so much for your blog. We've had two great days in Matsumoto and could easily have stayed longer. I especially recommend this city for people with kids. My partner, Matt, is writing an article on Matsumoto (may or may not end up being published) and had a few questions: 1. Does anyone know the story of Okada-San from the bike shop ( Okada Cycling Museum) in Takasago-cho ( our Japanese wasn't up to the explanation)? 2. Does anyone know more about two of the early 20C artists featured in the permanent collection at the Art Museum - Kishoyshi Tateishi and Hakute Ishii? We will be encouraging all our friends to visit Matsumoto. Thanks again, Sonya


Note of webmaster: Sonya,
Umm.. You and your partner may know some aspects of Matsumoto more than us!
I know Okada bike shop (a page about it in our Japanese site is here) but I don't know his story. I don't know either of Kishoyshi Tateishi (if he is a master carpenter of Kaichi school, his first name seems to be Seiju) and Hakute (should be Hakutei) Ishii.
If your husband has specific questions about them, e-mail from this page. I can interview Okada-san and/or staff of the Museum.
We will appreciate your article and encouragement to your friends very much!
- Andy



323 2011/6/15 Weekend trip ideas
Joe and Caroline Evans 
UNITED STATES
Hi, We live/work in Chiba, but from Colorado, so miss the mountains. Planning a 1st time trip to Matsumoto for 25/26-6 to get oriented. Rec'd on best way to get to mtns.? sounds like bus to Kamikochi area. Where to catch it? reservations needed? thx, Joe


Note of webmaster: Hello Joe,
Matsumoto is the right place to enjoy sightseeing in mountain. You catch train from JR Matsumoto sta. for Kamikochi or bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal. Reservations is not needed.
I will e-mail you with more details.
Thanks,

-Teddy



322 2011/6/14 kaori tour guide
John 
UNITED KINGDOM
Hi Kaori

I'm looking for a Matsumoto tour guide. What's your hourly rate? You can contact me on roquet34 AT tesco.net

All the best
John



321 2011/6/12 Interpretive Tour Guide!
Kaori 
JAPAN
Hello, everyone!

Being an interpretive tour guide is my dream!
I have wanted to be an interpretive tour guide for a long time. I love my hometown, Matsumot, and hopefully I would like to be the best tour guide who can guide people from all over the world especially around Matsumoto near future! I enjoy this blog because I can see that a lot of people enjoy their time in Matsumoto. :)
Let me show you around Matsumoto someday!

Kaori


Note of webmaster: Kaori-san,
If you want to practice your English tour guide skill as a volunteer, browse Goodwill guides NPO ALSA's website and contact them if you are interested.
I hope your dreams come true,
- Andy



320 2011/6/9 Thank you Matsumoto
Sukotto 
AUSTRALIA
To the wonderful people of Matsumoto, who for the second year in a row, have taken me in and made my stay in Japan so very special.

To all the people who took the time to chat to the Shiroi Gaijin during the matsuri Ofune, thanks you a million times You have helped turn my holiday into a real experience I will never forget!

See you all again next year

Once again...
Domo arigato gozaimashita

Sukotto M

Scott Minns
Sydney Australia


Note of webmaster: Thank you, Scott! Very happy to hear that.

I like 'Sukotto'!

BTW, tourism promotion of Matsumoto on G'Day Japan in Australia will be started very soon. Please check it out!

http://gdayjapan.com.au/

You see now test page which shows 'Matsumoto Welcomes you!' website, but will be changed shortly. Also free magazine will be published.

Thanks,

Teddy Yamaishi



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