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12 2007/4/21 Great English Website--THANK YOU!
Diana 
UNITED STATES
I finally have a chance to venture out to other parts of Japan after having lived in Tokyo for almost four years! Your website has made it so easy to take the jaunt up to the J-alps. Thanks very much!



11 2007/4/20 Matsumoto, here I come!
Ella J. 
Visit Website SWEDEN
Hello from an icecold and rainy sweden!

First of all I would like to thank you for making such a complete and well-designed site! It was really needed for me since I am going to Matsumoto next week

One thing I would love to know is if the internet-usage at the tourist information really is f r e e? o_o

Oh and btw, at first I thought that your site was the official one xD Really nice.

Kind Regards,
Ella


Note of webmaster: Hello Ella J.
Good to hear that you are on your way to Matsumoto. I hope that you have a wonderful time here. Please let us know your thoughts. I would love to hear what you enjoyed as well as anything we could help you with.

The answer to your question is yes. The Internet access at the tourist information center is free. At the Tourist information center on Ote street in front of the main gate of the Matsumoto castle, there are two PCs (one is Windows and the other is Mac). Travellers may use these computers freely.

And, if you have your own PC, there is free wireless access at Tally's coffee shop near Matsumoto JR station and in the Matsumoto airport. Unfortunately there is no PC or wireless access in the tourist information center at Matsumoto JR station, but we have now made that suggestion.
Thank you for the wonderful comments and question.
All the best on your adventure,
Liza



10 2007/4/8 hi
katarina rhiner 
UNITED STATES
hi i am from iowa and i am doing a project when i stupled across your page as a matter of fact i am going to japan in june as an excange student and i really do think that it will be cool to see.



9 2007/3/26 Great site!
Colleen Rumpf 
UNITED STATES
I stumbled on your site tonight after searching for Asama Hot Plaza. It's been a few years since I've been in Matsumoto and I am homesick for it! Your site is terrific. I wanted to say that I have stayed at Ikedaya and it was lovely (I had a tatami room). They were so nice there and it was a huge improvement over the old Sunroute where I used to stay. Also, Sweet is my favorite cafe -- I used to go for a fabulous pastry and coffee in the morning and they would play The Beatles. Wonderful memories. Again, thanks for this site!


Note of webmaster: Hi Colleen
It's great to have your comments
If you would like to do a wee paragraph on any of the places you mentioned we would be glad to add it to the site in the related area.
Perhaps with instructions we may even be able to take a shot of the cafe or inn you have stayed at, to sit along side it. I understand you using the word "homesick" when relating to Matsumoto. I can well imagine feeling that way if I were now so far from it
Do write back with some details if you have the time.
Milton



8 2007/3/26 Matsumoto - home away from home
Dan Lonigro 
UNITED STATES
No comparison between this website and the govt one. Very user friendly and I like the menu items. The "wikipedia" link on the Hot Springs section was a great idea. First time onsen can be a little intimidating. This makes it less so. After having lived in well over a dozen cities in Japan, there is no place I would rather spend time than good ole Matsumoto!


Note of webmaster: If anyone out there in blogland would like to see a picture of Dan in an onsen, please send a plain brown envelope and a fiver! He's absolutely right though - you've got to get into the whole onsen gig to push your travelling experiences into another dimension. Rub a dub dub y'all!



7 2007/3/24 Mr.
Howie Pine 
UNITED STATES
Having seen and lived in a few places around Japan in the 1990s, I have to say that Matsumoto and the surrounding area is one of, if not the best, place to visit or live in Japan. It's got the history, great food, good local izakaya, a mixture of the old and new, and just a vibe that calls out to you, 'Ah, this is the true Japan'. If you are going to visit Japan make sure to add this area to your list. You'll be glad you did.



6 2007/3/19 good job
Tim Fawcett 
NEW ZEALAND
Great to see a classy Matsumoto website. It`s a fantastic town and I have lots of very happy and slightly out-of-focus memories from my 16 months there


Note of webmaster: Hi there Tim
Do let us know of any hot favorites or advice that comes to mind.
Regards
Milton



5 2007/3/19 Matsumoto is the best big little city around!!
Chickmtber 
Visit Website CANADA
I have lived in Mats for more than 10 years now and I love every bit about it except for some of the bad drivers...besides that, it is a scenic paradise, with great nightlife and great people. Another bonus is the great mountain biking... Hope to see you out and about the town somewhere!!
Karey Watanabe
www.sweetriders.com


Note of webmaster: Hey Karey,
Thanks for the comment! Let me know if you would like to do any write ups for the sight about bike routes or favourite restaurants and bars.
I hope to see you soon.
Liza



4 2007/3/17 Awesome!
Warrick Harkness 
NEW ZEALAND
Congrat's to the project team - I thought that I had recognised a certain bald headed english man's words in the Hot Springs section?!

I will try to dig out some old photo's to post.

Where's the local 'gaijin' soccer team section?

Warrick


Note of webmaster: Warrick,

Alas the 'gaijin' football team (Matsumoto Mongrels) is no more
The team was a great social focus for several years, if not one of stunning footballing skills as I'm sure you'll remember? (Warrick used to play goallie at field hockey so did some damage in between the sticks for us!).

After a while, the core of the team moved on. Ciaran now running bouncy castles in Dublin; Howie keeping Las Vegas in business; Chris + kids in California; Kelton gone postal around Japan; Takao settled in UK; Richard cooking in Okinawa; Rob as far as I know still in B.C. The last time I saw Sergio was outside the ground after Brazil beat England in the World Cup '02. Where are the rest of you?

We shouldn't forget the cheerleaders either! Linda, Beth, Simon, Beth, Linda, erm.

There is a priceless collection of still unwashed French shirts in my cupboard - will consider any offers! For those looking for a kick about drop us a line; if you want to support the city's aspiring official team, check out Matsumoto Yamaga at Alwin stadium. The chants are rubbish but the team is a damn sight fitter than we ever were....oh the glory days!

jim



3 2007/3/16 I had been looking for a website like this!
Linda Parker 
UNITED STATES
I really like the new website - I had been looking for a website like this about Matsumoto that lists all of the hotels - having all of the local hot springs listed is a bonus as well.

There is one festival that wasn't included in events - The Asama Onsen area Heso Festival (festival of the belly button.) That festival was a really good time, it's in July or August I believe..

Cheers,
Linda


Note of webmaster: Linda,
Thank you for the message. I'm glad you like the site. We did a little research about the Asama Onsen area Heso Festival. It looks like it was held from 1985 to 1994, but has not been held since. It's sorry to hear this because a belly button festival sounds like fun. Thanks for the heads up though. Please let us know if there is anything else that we are missing or that you think we should add.
All the best!
Liza



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