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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



2 2007/3/16 Cherry Blossoms?
Julie 
NEW ZEALAND
Greetings,

What an excellent website! I'm now very enthusiastic about visiting Matsumoto.

What's the best place in town for viewing cherry blossoms? And when will they bloom this year?

Many thanks!
Julie


Note of webmaster: Hi Julie,

Thanks for posting your message.

According to "cherry blossom forecast" by Japanese organization, cherries will start blossoming on 4/5 in Matsumoto. Maybe mid-April is the best to see them.

Matsumoto Castle is famous for cherry. Jyoyama Park and Susuki River are popular among local pepole to enjoy cherries and BBQ. Also, Koubouyama and Hikarujyouyama(in Azumino City) are good hiking courses among cherry trees.

Matsuo (Nickname: Andy)



1 2007/3/15 Natsukashii
ZC 
JAPAN
Congratulations on the new website, it looks really cool.

I lived in Matsumoto for three years, looking around this site really makes me want to move back. Its such a great city, close to the mountains, clean air, trendy shops/cafes/bars.

I'll be back...!



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