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335 2016/12/25 Snowshoeing in Kamikochi from Matsumoto
Jane 
CANADA
Hello!
I will be in Matsumoto around Jan 13-15 and would love to get out into the mountains and do some snowshoeing if possible- perhaps in Kamikochi? I'm having a hard time finding out a lot of information online. Any chance there might an independent guide I could go with? Any help would amazing! Thank you so much!
jane


Note of webmaster: Hi, what does "independent guide" mean? If you can pay around 9,000 yen , you can join a guide tour of winter Kamikochi snowshoeing. According to such a company "Little Peaks"' Japanese website, you can join the tour on Jan 13 (if you can't make a reservation in Japanese, I can do instead).
In winter Kamikochi, there is no facility like shops, managed toilets or emergency offices, so a guide is necessary. Norikura is much easier, because it is ski resort and there are snowshoe courses and rental shops, so you can snowshoe by yourself if you don't like a guided tour.
- Andy



334 2016/12/22 Can I do Kamikochi & Norikura in one day (from Matsumoto return)
Lisa 
AUSTRALIA
Hi there. Your website is a fantastic help for travelers, so thank you . I will be in Matsumoto in June 2017 and I am wondering if it would be possible for me to do the following in one day: Matsumoto to Kamikochi (early bus at 5.30am). Then from Kamikochi to Norikura (via Hirayu Onsen & Norikura Skyline) leaving about midday. Then from Norikura back to Matsumoto. Is this too much for one day? I can't seem to find information on how long the bus takes between Norikura & Matsumoto.
Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Uum.. if you like a busy trip by which you go around many places like our Japanese travelers, it is possible.
For example, leave Kamikochi at 11:00 (see this time table of 2016) and transfer at Hirayu Onsen and leave there at 11:40 and arrive at Mt. Norikura at 12:40 (time table B of this page). Leave their at 15:05 and transfer at Kanko Center (TIC) (time table). Leave there at 16:13 and arrive at Matsumoto Station at 17:52 (the 4th time table of this page).
Good luck,
- Andy



333 2016/12/1 Soba noodle making workshop
May 
SINGAPORE
Hi,

My family and I will be visiting Matsumoto in December. I read online there is soba noodle making workshop available at soba takagi in Matsumoto. May I ask how do I make reservations for the workshop?
Or do you have any recommendations on soba making workshops?

Thank you for your help.

Best regards,
May Leong


Note of webmaster: Hello May,
I communicated with Takagi and sent you e-mail.
Could you tell me whether the cost (6000 yen) and time OK and whether you eat soba you made after the experience?
Takagi is located at a very convenient place (close to the castle) and they also have a soba restaurant inside the building. So, I think it is a good place to experience making tasty Soba.
- Andy



332 2016/11/12 Tourist advice
Sam 
UNITED KINGDOM
Hi,

My parents are coming to visit us over the Christmas period so we have decided to visit Matsumoto for a few days. We will be there 26th Dec - 29th Dec and was wondering if you had any suggestions? We already know about the castle but is there anything else worth seeing or doing?
Thanks in advance!!


Note of webmaster: Hi,
If your parents are interested in traditional art and hisotry, Ukiyo-e Museum and Old Court Museum (close on 29th) might be good to visit. Near the museum, Kametaya Sake Brewery is also fun.
If your parents are interested in miso, one of Japanese food culture, Ishii Miso Brewery is a good place to see around and have a lunch of miso. At Matsumoto Museum of Art near Ishii Miso, you can see Yayoi Kusama's famous art world and some calligraphy arts of other artists.
On 28th, at the entrance and two gates of the castle, Susuharai (soot sweeping) will be held.
Enjoy your Christmas with your parents in Matsumoto!
- Andy



331 2016/11/10 Work
Sophie 
GERMANY
Hello,
i am Sophie from germany and i'll ne living in matsumoto from the beginning of december.
My partner Is english teacher and found a job there.
We Are really excited to explore your beautiful city and landscape around.
I was wondering If anybody knows where i could find a job or a Internet page where they are listed.
I am fluent in german and english and worked in hotels, restaurants, fitness studios, sales stores and and and before. Basically open for everything.

Thank you and Kind regards
Sophie


Note of webmaster: Hi, welcome to our beautiful town.
As for job search, consult our "multiple cultural plaza" (https://www.facebook.com/tabunkamatsumoto/, tel:0263-39-1106(17:00-22:00 in weekdays and 9:00-17:00 in weekends you can talk with an English speaker)).
If you don't speak Japanese, it is tough to find jobs except for an English teacher in Japanese local towns
Good luck,
- Andy



330 2016/11/4 Fruit picking at Fumondi Shiojiri
Catherine 
SINGAPORE
Dear Andy
Catherine again! Really excited to be visiting Matsumoto soon! Thanks for your recommendation. I will go for all of them. While we can catch a taxi from Shiojiri Station, will taxi be available from farm to station? Will my father on wheelchair welcome to the farm? Thanks for advice!


Note of webmaster: Hello again!
I think you can ask a person in the orchard to "call" a taxi. Fumonji's website says they have a toilet for wheelchair, so I think your father will be welcome.
Recently it is a little cold here (around 5 ℃ degree at night), so prepare warm clothes for you and your father.
Have a nice trip,
- Andy



329 2016/10/30 Taiko Drum Festival
Jin 
THAILAND
Hi,

I want to visit Matsumoto for Taiko Drum Festival in July 2017. I would like to know whether I need to buy ticket. Where will the festival be held? Is it held only at the castle or around the town. Can you please suggest me on this? Thank you very much for your help.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Jin-san

The Festival is free and there is no ticket.
The main stage is in the castle garden. Until this year, some performances were held at a few other squares such as in front of the station.

- Andy



328 2016/10/10 matsumoto
Catherine 
SINGAPORE
Hi
I will be travelling with my 70 year old parents to Matsumoto for 4 nights in November 2016. My dad is on wheelchair as he can't walk far. May I be sent information of places of interest that are suitable for wheelchair to move around. Is there a place in Matsumoto for beautiful autumn foliage? Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi,
Agatanomori Park near Matsumoto Museum of Art (your father can see Yayoi Kusama's art works on wheelchair if he is interested) is a good place to see around on wheelchair and probably you can see autumn foliage until early or mid-November. The north road of Matsumoto Castle has a wide pedestrian and cherry trees become beautiful maybe early Nov.
Narai-juku (old post town) where you can access by JR has a wide paved road so good for wheelchair.
If you visit the event hall in Takashimaya Department Store in Singapore Oct 28-30, Japan Travel Fair will be held and Mr. Yamaishi of Matsumoto booth can talk with you about the details.
I hope your father enjoy Matsumoto with you.
- Andy



327 2016/10/2 Apple pick up in mid of October
Margie Nguyen 
VIET NAM
Hello,
We would like to enjoy fruit picking up near Matsumoto (having only 4 hours). I see there are two farm near Matsumoto: azumino-fruitsland and Fumondi orchard in Shiojiri. Please advise me which is nearest and convenient transportation and have large fruit for pick up. Thanks a lot !


Note of webmaster: Hi, Fumondi Orchard is much easier to access. It is 15 min walk (or a few min taxi) from Shiojiri Station, which is 15 min from Matsumoto Sta by train. I don't know which have larger fruits and haven't been to both orchards, but Azumino's apples might be tasty than Shiojiri's. (Grapes can be picked in Shiojiri.)
- Andy



326 2016/10/2 White ribbons
Stacey 
SINGAPORE
Hi, I'm walking along Matsumoto and I see many streets hanging white ribbons. What does that mean?


Note of webmaster: Hi, Stacey
A natural and good question. It is a Japanese custom and it means "a shrine festival is held". This weekend, Yohashira Shrine 'Shinto Festival' was held. Today, I carried a float.
- Andy



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