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323 2011/6/15 Weekend trip ideas
Joe and Caroline Evans 
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.


322 2011/6/14 kaori tour guide
Hi Kaori

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

All the best

321 2011/6/12 Interpretive Tour Guide!
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!


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
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!

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


Teddy Yamaishi

319 2011/5/30 Dear all,
We are pleased to announce that 'Matsumoto Castle' took 3rd place of Must-see Attraction in Japan by 'Tripadvisor Japan'.
For more details, please check below.

Thank you,

Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association

PS:The 'SAMURAI' at Matsumoto Castle asked me say hello to you all.

318 2011/5/25 Ask about my program
atchara srikorn 
Hello, I’m in BKK , Thailand.I’m Atchara Srikorn (57 Years), THAI,Buddhist , employee of PTT public co.
I found your E mail in the web of Matsumoto and clicking by accident !!!!
You just went to BKK , right? Welcome you to my beautiful country.
My niece live in Matsumoto. That inspire me for hoping to travel there ourselves. I mean myself and my daughter (19 years).
Touring in summer is better than another season ,all right ?? But travelling in Matsumoto in the summer is the big problem for me
Because the website show that everyone bikes around the beautiful area …….. I can’t .
May you suggest how and when we should go there for 2-3 days or more .
We went to Takayama and Shiragawago once in April 2009.we came to Japan in the blossom time twice. ( 2003 and 2009 )
My experience is in Hakone , Kyoto , Nagoya , Osaka and many places in Tokyo. It is 6 times for only me in Japan.

Pls. set my program for me and my daughter ( in case that we meet but don’t stay at my niece’s house)
Too many thanks , Atchara.

Note of webmaster: Ms. Srikorn,
First of all, you don't have to bike. You can walk and see things in down town Matsumoto like Matsumoto Castle, old street, natural springs and so on. And one day pass for city bus is available and cost you 500JPY for adult.
Aslo, two day pass is available at 5000JPY and you can use it for bus runs in town, for sightseeings in mountain side such as Kamikochi, Mt. Norikura and Utsukushigahara.
I will send you a some sample itineraries later by Email. Thank you. -Teddy
PS:Yes, I just got back from BKK. Nice people, nice food and nice cool SINGHA BEER!!!

317 2011/5/20 Hello Sonya
Sonya, there will be 'Sunrise shuttle bus' operated in Jul. The bus leaves Norikura Kogen where the base of Mt. Norikura for Tatamidaira.
Here is my idea. Stay one night in down town Matsumoto and one night in Norikura Kogen.
The bus leaves Norikura Kogen at 3:20am for Tatamidaira, see sunrise, stay there and walk around for 2-3hrs and get down to Norikura Kogen. Cost you 2400jpy for round trip ticket for adult, kid maybe 1200jpy. Also, there is bus goes to Takayama via Hirayu from Tatamidaira.
I could show you pics show how beautiful Mt. Norikura is.
For more details, pls contact me at Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association at ''
I will get back to you as soon as I come back to my office. I'm now in KL, and BKK after on business trip, promoting Matsumoto.
Thank you,
Teddy Yamaishi

316 2011/5/14 Car hire continued
Thank you Andy, I should have been a bit clearer. We wouldn't use a car to get around in Matsumoto but were thinking of hiring one to go to Takayama (dropping off in Takayama, which I think costs extra) via Norikura Kogen to make it a bit more flexible than the bus (especially as there are 4 of us with luggage). Does this sound like a good idea? Sonya

Note of webmaster: Sonya,
Yes, I think car hire is flexible and maybe cheap for 4 people. The road to Norikura and Takayama is pretty narrow (generally Japanese roads except for freeways are narrrow) and winding so it requires some technique of driving mountain roads.
Hiring car from Matsumoto (when you leave Matsumoto downtown) to Takayama 48 hours seems to cost 15,000 - 30,000 yen depending on the size of the car. If you can spend 6,000 - 12,000 yen more, you can hire when you get to Matsumoto and you can drive to Seifu-so and downtown.
- Andy

315 2011/5/12 Accommodation, car hire advice
Thanks for the really useful site. We are a family of 2 kids and 2 adults and want to either stay in Matsumoto 2 nights in July, or spend a night in Matsumoto and a night in Norikura Kogen area en route to Takayama. We were thinking of staying at Ryokan Seifu-so but I was wondering if it is too far from the centre if we're there just one night? I read the car hire section on your site, any further suggestions?

Note of webmaster: Sonya,
How about riding free bikes hire instead of car? Seihu-so has such service (I am not sure they have four avaliable bikes) and some other places in Matsumoto lend free bikes. You don't need look for parking lots (and eco-friendly) if you ride bikes.
Otherwise, rent a car or ride a public bus. If you walk, I guess it takes about 40 mins from Seifu-so to Matsumoto Castle.
- Andy

314 2011/5/11 Concert
I want to know if some band will do a concert in matsumoto or near de zone

Note of webmaster: Matias,
What kind of band/music do you mean? Jazz, hip-hop, J-pop..? Live performances/concerts are sometimes held in live houses like ALECX and halls.
- Andy

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