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624 2017/10/21 English speaking guide for Nov17
Soo 
SINGAPORE
Travelling to Matsumoto in mid Nov17 for a week. Looking for a guide.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Soo
I asked a guide to contact you by e-mail.
Have a wonderful trip,
- Andy



623 2017/9/21 Orange Manga/Movie Locations Tour
Michiko 
PHILIPPINES
Hello! I will be travelling back to Japan this fall season with my sisters and we plan to have a day tour in Matsumoto from Tokyo to visit Orange Manga/Movie filming locations. I've read the same inquiry from one of your guests dated April, so I was wondering if the tour maps are still available at Tourist centers? I only have a soft scanned copy but it's all in Japanese Characters, do they have available in English? Thank you so much for your help.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Michiko.
You can get Japanese location maps of the manga and movie (separately) in TIC's in Matsumoto.
Sorry we don't have English version.
I am glad the Orange is popular in Philippin.
Free rental bikes may be convenient to see around the locations. Have a nice trip.
- Andy



622 2017/8/28 Utsukushigahara Onsen Line
Thai 
AUSTRALIA
Hello,
I wonder if you could please help me. I'd like to book accommodation at Utsukushigahara Onsen; however, i can't seem to find any bus timetable from Matsumoto station to Utsukushigahara Onsen. I will arrive in Matsumoto quite late, approx 6 pm. Will there still be bus running to Utsukushigahara Onsen that late? Thank you so much in advance :)


Note of webmaster: Hi there,

Yes, there is a bus from the station to Utsukushigahara Onsen! It runs until 9:45 pm on weekdays and 8:45 pm on weekends/holidays, and there are about 2 buses every hour. The bus leaves from the Matsumoto Bus Terminal across from the train station (it's attached to the Ario shopping center. Google Map). The bus number is 31 and it leaves from platform 3 inside the Bus Terminal. Fare is 340 yen to go to Utsukushigahara Onsen.

Have a good trip!
- Felice



621 2017/8/16 Asama onsen taimatsu matsuri 2017
Sebastian von Gumpert 
GERMANY
Hello!

We're going to Japan in September and October 2017 and heard about the Asama onsen taimatsu matsuri fire festival which we would love to visit. On another website we found the date of the 8th of October for it , which would be perfect but here it says it's gonna be on the 14th which would be a pity cause we are leaving Japan on the 11th of October. Can you tell me whats the correct information?

Thanks, your help is much appreciated! Sebastian


Note of webmaster: Hi Sebastian,

That festival is held on the 2nd Saturday of October every year, so the correct date for this year is Oct. 14. (Oct. 8 was the date from last year...).

Let us know if you have any other questions!
-Felice



620 2017/8/3 Apprenticeship
Chuck 
UNITED STATES
Hello,

I recently won a scholarship to study how to make sake or shochu in Japan. I visited Matsumoto when I was stationed in Yokosuka with the US Navy. I'm trying to reach out to Kametaya Sake Brewery to see if they are interested in training an American for 4-5 months. I will provide my own housing and need no payment. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Chuck Malone



619 2017/7/26 From Matsumoto to Takayama
Laura 
SPAIN
I hope you can help me. We are going to travel with our child in August. He is 1 year old and we would like to find the most direct way to go from Matsumoto to Takayama. Is there any direct bus or train?
On the other hand, do you have any recommendation of a hotel in kamikochi? Thank you in advance for your help!


Note of webmaster: Hi Laura!

Thanks for your message. Yes, there is a direct bus from Matsumoto to Takayama. Here is the bus timetable in English.

As for hotels in Kamikochi, it really depends on your budget and how much "luxury" you're looking for. Here is a list of the hotels in Kamikochi that should give you a good place to start:
http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/contents09+index.id+6.htm

A good mid-grade hotel is the http://www.m-kamikouchi.jp/en/alpenhotel/. http://www.nishiitoya.com/en/ which is especially geared toward mountain climbers may also be a good option.

However, you need to be careful traveling in mid-August because it is the Obon summer holiday in Japan, and many places will be full or more expensive than usual.

Enjoy your trip!

- Felice



618 2017/6/15 English Speaking Guide required in Matsumoto
Yuri Cherniavsky 
AUSTRALIA
I need an Engligh speaking guide for a half a day tour in Matsumoto on 11 November 2017 for 8 people. Pick up from railway station between 8.30-9.00 AM. Could you please put me in contact with a reputable LOCAL guide


Note of webmaster: Hello,
A female professional and reputable English guide living in Matsumoto, Rico can do. I will tell your e-mail address to her, so please read her e-mail and negotiate.
- Andy



617 2017/6/13 Getting in Touch!
Matt 
CANADA
Hi there,

i'm Matt and i'm working with an organization that is interested in helping connect people from smaller cities like Matsumoto with people around the World who might be interested in learning more about the local culture and maybe even visiting.

Is there any way I can get in touch with the administrators of this website to find out more about Matsumoto?

Thanks!


Note of webmaster: Hi Matt,

Thanks for your interest, We received your email - I will send you a reply later today.

Thanks!
Felice



616 2017/5/29 Transport to Utsukushi ga hara open air museum
Lisa 
AUSTRALIA
Hello. I'm going to be in Matsumoto 25th-28th June and would like to visit the Utsukushi ga hara open air museum. It appears there is a bus that runs there but only in August? Can anyone let me know if I can get there on public transport in June, or do I need to hire a car?
Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi. The bus to the Open Air Museum operates only in August. But, there is another bus to Utsukushigahara Nature Preservation Center (you have to walk 100 min to the Open Air Museum, but it might be a good hike on the highlands) which starts operation from June 17. It operates only weekend until July 17 so you can ride 27th June (28th is Tour de Utsukushigahara cycling race, so the bus operates only in the afternoon).
It departs Matsumoto Sta West (Alps) Exit 8:15 and arrive at Utsukushigahara 9:30. For return, it departs Utsukushigahara 16:30 and arrive at Matsumoto Sta 17:45.
I hope 27th June will be fine and have a wonderful hike and art viewing.
- Andy



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



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