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615 2017/5/18 Filipino Community
Jona 
PHILIPPINES
Hi,

I wonder if someone can help me connect with Filipino community in Matsumoto? I was trying to look in FB but was not successful. Thank you for the help.

Regards,

Jona


Note of webmaster: Hi,
I only know some Filipinos go to Catholic Matsumoto Church near the Castle. See their official website (in Japanese) and an unofficial Facebook page.
- Andy



614 2017/5/8 Kamikochi to Matsumoto
TOETY 
SINGAPORE
hi,

is there a direct bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto? where can I get it?

and how often are the buses back to Tokyo from Matsumoto?

Thanks ahead :)


Note of webmaster: Hi there,

There is a direct bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto twice a day. One departs at 16:00 and the other 16:45. See the bus schedule here.

Also, there are buses from Matsumoto to Tokyo about once every hour (sometimes twice in an hour). You can check the bus schedule here.



613 2017/4/28 Free bikes
Albert B. 
UNITED STATES
Hello. I'll be visiting Matsumoto in May. I want to see the castle and also a Ukiyoe Museum. I see that Matsumoto offers free bike rentals. There is some information on your website which says "Free bicycles 'Sui Sui Town' are available daily 9:00am to 5pm at various locations throughout town, including the public hall 'M Wing'
Can you be more specific, where the Public Hall is? I will have very limited time in Matsumoto. I see there is a bike parking lot, right in front of train station, but I think these are private bikes. Thank you very much


Note of webmaster: Hi Albert!

The M Wing is near the Parco department store which is about 5 minutes from Matsumoto station. Here is a link to the location on Google maps:

Google Maps M Wing Location

There's also a paid rental cycle place (500 yen per day) outside of the east exit of Matsumoto station. They're open from 7:00am to 9pm. The rental cycles are located in the building next to the pinpoint on the map here.

Here's a detailed map (Japanese) for the same place.

I hope that helps!
- Felice



612 2017/4/11 Any coin locker?
Gloria 
SINGAPORE
I would like to do a day trip to matsumoto and would like to find out if there is luggage storage at the tourist information centre at JR matsumato station. thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Gloria
There are coin lockers at some places in the Station. See this page about the location, size, price and number. You can ask the Tourist Information Centre in the station when you can't find the place or a vacant locker.
Good luck,
- Andy



611 2017/3/28 Is Kamikochi accessible before opening ceremony?
Eline 
NETHERLANDS
Hi!

We are planning to visit Matsumoto in april (probably from april 19th) and we were wondering of Kamikochi park is accessible and nice to walk before the official opening ceremony. Can we go there for one or two daytrips and do some (short) hikes? Will there be lots of snow? And will there be any open facilities (restaurant/toilet) or is everything still closed?

Thank you so much for your reply.
Kind regards from Holland,
Eline


Note of webmaster: Hi Eline-san,
I think the bus & taxis will start operation and some facilities (some hotels, too) will open (or start preparing) April 17th this year. You can hike in mid-April but some snow remains on and along the trails. It is great because it is not busy (Japanese are few, but some foreigners including Asian tour travelers are there).
Take care and good luck,
- Andy



610 2017/3/16 Kamikochi round trip ticket
Vi 
THAILAND
Hello,

I will go to Kamikochi on 29/05/2017 in early morning but I will arrive Matsumoto on 28/05/2017 in the afternoon. I have some questions.
1. Where can I buy Matsumoto~Kamikochi(round trip)ticket in advance?
2. Or I can by ticket in the morning I don't know
what time ticket counter open.

Thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi Khun Vi,
Welcome to Matsumoto.
Ticket to Kamikochi is valid only for one day so cannot buy in advance so you will buy ticket on 29 May.
1. There is ticket vending machine in JR Matsumoto station outside of JR ticket counter. Left 2 machines are for Kamikochi Line. Press English button first.
2. There is bus terminal in front of JR station. Building itself is called ARIO and ticket counter can be found at entrance on the first floor. They open 4.40am everyday.
You can get all kinds of info at our Tourist Info Center located just in front of ticket gate at JR Matsumoto station, or one block before Matsumoto Castle when you arrive.
For any further info please email me. yamaishi@matsumoto-tca.or.jp
Khob khun Krab!



609 2017/3/16 Kai
Kai 
SINGAPORE
Hi!

I am hoping to visit Matsumoto in August and attend the Seiji Ozawa Festival orchestra concerts. Is there any group or individual that can assist me to purchase the ticket, and plan for my stay at Matsumoto?

I've read somewhere that hotel rooms are hard to book especially during the music festival in August. Will there still be vacant rooms if I book in June?

Looking forward to some suggestions and advice. Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Kai-san
Teddy Yamaishi in Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association sent you a reply by e-mail. Please check your e-mail.
- Andy



608 2017/3/3 Route to Mt. Norikura
Weera 
THAILAND
Dear sir,

I have plan to go to Matsumoto and Takayama area in 6-10 May 2017, I'm interested in the Alps Shinsyu/Hida Open Ticket 4 days pass. I have some question belows:
1. Do this pass can use reserved bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go? Or I can use only not reserved bus.

2. About route to Mt. Norikura. When this route is open? Please send me the schedule and bus timetable.

3. Please send me bus timetable from Takayama to Hida furukawa.

Best regards,
Weera Krykad


Note of webmaster: Hi Weera,

1. You can use only NOT-RESERVED bus.

2. The buses to the top (Tatamidaira) of the Mt. Norikura operates only July-Oct due to remaining snow (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/echoline/). Buses to the halfway (Kuraigahara Hut or snow gorge/Katanokoya Hut) operates from early-May (depends on the remaining snow, last year from May 9th). (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/haruyama/).

3. It seems to be only Japanese version (https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/wp_rnw/wp-content/themes/nouhibus/routebus/takayama/timetable/kamioka_furukawa.pdf). "古川駅前" in the middle of the table is "(Hida )Furukawa Station" It takes 0:50 or 1 hour from Takayama Bus Center (in the top of the table).

Have a wonderful trip,
- Andy



607 2017/2/3 accommodation in Matsumoto
igor 
AUSTRALIA
Hi I am going to Matsumoto with my 80 years old mum. We want to stay 2-3 days in onsen and 2-3 days in Matsumoto city.
Please recommend area/place where can do slow strolls (flat), good view onsen accommodation (Asama or Utsukushigohara) and reasonable hotel in Matsumoto (with rotenburo if possible, something like Dormy Inn)


Note of webmaster: Hi, Igor-san
If your mother is inrested in Japanese traditional old house shopping street, Nakamachi and Nawate in Matsumoto and Narai-juku (old post town) in Shiojiri in Kiso Valley are flat old streets good for strolling.
Most ryokans in Asama or Utsukushigohara Onsen provide good view. Especially, Kikyotei Yumotoya in Asama has a private big hot spring bathroom with excellent view of Japan Alps in the 6th floor.
I think Dormy Inn is the only reasonable hotel with rotenburo in Matsumoto downtown. If you don't insist on rotenburo, please look for other hotels in the list of our accommodation page.
- Andy



606 2017/1/31 This page is interesting
MarcoN 
UKRAINE
I really enjoyed reading welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp , bookmarked your page



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