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19 2007/6/5 Coming back
Steven Segers 
Visit Website BELGIUM
Hi everybody!

First of all, it's great to read your mails. Matsumoto is one of my favorite places since '99. Miss it...
I was back in 2006, but had a typical belgian problem, limited visa, & no support or doorway through Belgium.
Apparantly diplomacy is not very hot between the two countries.
It's sad because I worked as a sportsteacher,lifeguard in Tokyo, & got more offers but they couldn't provide me the visa, so eventualy, I had to leave.
After sending my cv, outdoorsports japan offered me a job, but couldn't provide the visa.
Any good advice to offer? Are they looking for teachers in Matsumoto?
Any good sites for Nagano prefecture?
I'm a teacher in physcal education, study jujutsu, taught kids & adults in ski-& watersports(surf, rafting, kayak) & have a life guard degree, a first aid degree from tokyo fire department.
I speak dutch, french, english, german & shoto japanese. I know the culture & the history already well...

Thx in advance,
Greetings from Belgium, Ghentp

Note of webmaster: Steven,

Thanks for your posting - the visa question is an oldie but a goodie.
The best explanation about the ins & outs of the visa labyrinth can be found here:

Yes, it's a bit long-winded, but certainly covers most bases. In your particular situation, sponsorship for an English teaching position would be impossible - no matter how good your qualifications are, you're not a native speaker - this is a black & white issue which Immigration doesn't show any flexibility about whatsoever.

Since the Olympics, there's precious little demand for language lessons other than English.

You do have the necessary skills for other kinds of employment, which various outdoors/adventure outfits in places like Hakuba might find useful & be able to sponsor for...suggest you try that avenue & think laterally!

And let us know how you get on - I'm sure there'll be other bloggonauts out there wanting to know how you get on.

All the best,

18 2007/6/5 Cool
Bill Compton 
Visit Website RWANDA
Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks

17 2007/6/1 NAGAKNOW
Hello. Do you know how I could get a copy of NAGAKNOW? I am in Ibaraki right nw w/ my daughter. I am a nikkei-jin from the Philippines and my grandfather is TAKATERA SHIGEO frm Ueda-shi, Nagano. I have been to Nagano only once n 1994 and met the youngest brother of my grandfather MASAYOSHI. I would like to know more about Nagano. Thanks for the help.

Note of webmaster: Hi there.

You can download pdf files of it from the site NAGAKNOW.
The site also has a distribution point list.
You won't be able to get one where you are unless it is sent to you by a friend.
I hope that does the trick!

16 2007/5/30 <3
Ella J 
Visit Website SWEDEN
Now I have been here over a month and Im really enjoying the town of matsumoto and other sightseeingspots around. I think its a good place for foreigners to be!
Though, the ATMs are hopeless . I would never have managed to take out money without my friend.

I have a small request that i think other foreigners also would want to know. I bought a japanese camera (=cant charge it in sweden) So where is the place to buy adapter?


Note of webmaster: hi Ella,

A not unusual problem. You can find adapter plugs in Jusco (Katakura Mall) just up the river a bit from Frog Street. You'll have to hunt around upstairs on the second floor (1st floor if you're British!) around the suitcases section.

You will also find a choice of plugs in most electronics stores - try "Laox" on the top floor of Parco in town (use the lift on the Isemachi side), or "Eden" out by the 'Nagisa Life Center' on R19. Suggest you take your camera & original plug along just in case.

As for ATMs, you're right: Japanese ATMs & banks in general are useless. You may also have hassle eventrying to use overseas credit cards eg JR caps purchases at Y10,000 per transaction!
Don't panic though. You'll find some helpful information here: on using ATMs in general
And how to use the ones at the post offices in particular here:

Good luck! Jim

15 2007/5/21 Koboyama
I'm planning to visit Matsumoto next year, and found this website helpful.
I'm interested in Kobayama, to see cherry blossom, and wish to have a day trip from Matsumoto.
Unfortunately, I cannot find how to reach there.

Please advise.

Thank you.

Note of webmaster: Hello there.
Mt Koboyama is quite close to Matsumoto. A Taxi from the downtown railway station or perhaps the slightly closer 'Minami Matsumoto' station would only take a 5 or so minutes. I suggest visiting the nearby museum also to get the picture on the history and artifacts. You could also take advantage of the free loan bikes which can be loaned from the City offices. ... sorry about no map. I will prepare an update to the page on how to get there and to the related culture Museum in the next few days.


14 2007/5/21 help me please
Abigail McHugh 
oh I do hope that the editors really read this on occasion! I am an American English teacher currently living and working in Spain and am hoping to teach in Matsumoto next year, though I am having trouble finding adverts for job openings. Of course there are millions of jobs availible in Japan, but I specifically want to be in Matsumoto, which complicates things slightly. Do the editors have any suggestions of where I should look? Even just a yellow pages listing of all of the English schools in Matsumoto would be great (in English). I would really appreciate any ideas or help that you could offer. I have CELTA cerification, 3 years English teaching experience and additional teaching experience in the field of music, references, a master's degree, and am fairly normal and respectable looking. Thanks so much.

Note of webmaster: Hi there Abigail
I tried to reply earlier but had a few technical problems. I will e-mail you directly a list of the numbers in the Yellow pages of the phone book.
We avoid being on the ground helpers in Matsumoto as we are volunteers and have limited time. We first of all seek to make this site a resource that hosts all the useful information possible to a person visiting or interested in visiting the area.
But as this is likely to be an area of ongoing interest for those visiting, I will soon make a simple list of English schools in a corner of this site. (Links area).
Moreover we have amongst us editors those with interests or jobs in particular English schools which we try to keep neutral ground on.
So check your inbox for the list.
The school year begins in April and many jobs change also at that time. So in the few months before April you will find a lot more opportunities.


13 2007/5/20 NagaKnow NagaYes!
allan c. cadano 
Congratulations! Thanks to Japan Time for publishing about this new Japan-English Magazine. How I wish to have a copy of your print mag. I am from Nagano shi, an English curriculum developer here and wish to share too in your webstie or mag if you welcome it. It is now my 2nd year in stay here with my family and have visited Matsumoto. I really like the sceneries in there and hope to have more time to be there again.
I just notice this when I visit about editors:
Liza Springmeyer
I have been in Matsumoto since August 2007, and have been keeping very busy. I bike everywhere snow or shine.

That can never be since we are still May of 2007. A little miss perhaps of a finger.

Thanks and again Cheers for this nice web.
allan desu

Note of webmaster: Alan,
Thanks for the heads up. Ooops.
I'm glad you like our site. We are actually not the same group as the one that makes NagaKnow, but the publisher is also one of our members. I think he is getting you a copy now.
Thanks again and I hope we hear more from you soon.

12 2007/4/21 Great English Website--THANK YOU!
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,

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,

10 2007/4/8 hi
katarina rhiner 
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.

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