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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



325 2016/9/27 Matsumoto Station to Joyama Park
Stacey 
SINGAPORE
Hi Andy

In one of your earlier replies to a guest, you mentioned that one can take the Alps Koen Line bus to Joyama Park.

As the link to the schedule is not in English, I couldn't understand how to make my way to the park. May I know if I can take a bus to Joyama Park from Matsumoto Station?

Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hi Stacey,

As I replied to the earlier question, 開松(Hirakimatsu) is the nearest bus stop to Joyama Park. According to the bus timetable, the bus (No.45, to Alps Park) departs from the bus terminal 11:00 and 14:00.
Good luck and take care,
- Andy



324 2016/9/14 Daio Wasabi Farm
Cha 
AUSTRALIA
Hi ,
I'm planning to come to Daio Wasabi Farm with my husband from Tokyo. I read that we can ride a bus from Shinjuku. Which station should I go to? Matsumoto? Also, where can I get the free bike for the day? I saw it online at Sui Sui Town but there is no direction how to get there.
Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hello Cha-san,
The nearest train station of Daio Wasabi Farm is Hotaka, 30 min from Matsumoto by train (so more than 1:30 hours by bike). Most of Sui Sui Town's free bikes are old so I don't recommend them. There are two rental bike shops (not free) at Hotaka Station.
From Shinjuku, a bus to Hakuba (6 times per day) stops at Azumino Hotaka Bus Stop, which is 3 min walk to Hotaka train station. A bus to Matsumoto is more frequent (more than 1 time per hour).
Enjoy wasabi ice cream, wasabi beer, wasabi cutlet, ...
- Andy



323 2016/8/3 Help~
Joy 
PHILIPPINES
Hello!
Hope someone will help me...
I'm looking for a "plywood" store so I can buy it cheaper instead buying in daiso...
And is there a free Japanese Lesson here in Matsumoto??
My work is at 5pm hope to do some Japanese Lesson during day time friday to tuesday only if there is any school for that for Free hop you could tell me 😁


Note of webmaster: Hi,
As for a plywood, we Japanese usually buy such things at "home centers" like Watahan, D-2, Cainz Home. But, 100 yen shops like Daiso might sell cheaper than them.
Free Japanese Lesson is held at some community centers (kominkan). At the biggest one M-Wing, two free lessons are held but they are Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Ask multiple cultural plaza at M-Wing for classes at other kominkans.
- Andy



322 2016/7/29 Tourist Guide service
Evelyn 
PHILIPPINES
Hi! I'm Evelyn. I'm a filipina living in
Matsumoto, Nagano . I speak english ang filipino language. If there's anybody who wants or looking for a guide, I offer such service. Please email me if I can be of help. Thank you and Welcome to Matsumoto!!!


Note of webmaster: Hi, what is your Japanese skill level?
If it is enough to guide and sometimes interpret, I reccommend you register at http://ctn.iinaa.net/ .
- Andy



321 2016/7/4 Kominkan
CC 
UNITED STATES
Is there another kominkan in Matsumoto beside M-Wing?


Note of webmaster: Hello, there are many (maybe more than 100) kominkan if we count small local kominkan.
Some sightseeing spots are also kominkan and anyone can rent a room. For example, old buildings in Agatanomori Park, Nakamachi Kurassic-kan, Performing Arts Center are kinds of kominkan.
Also, you can rent a room in the citizen support center (2th of TIC near the Castle) free-of-charge if you are Matsumoto citizen and register.
- Andy



320 2016/6/6 Thank you!
Michelle 
SINGAPORE
Hi Andy, thank you for your help earlier on the Orange locations. We successfully completed the day trip last week and visited all the locations planned, mainly Nawate dori, Yohashira jinja, Matsumoto jo, Joyama koen & Agatanomori koen. The lady at the TIC near Matsumoto jo was really helpful, and we successfully gotten the two (manga and movie) location maps from there as well.

Jouyama koen was the most challenging (physically, lol) but the view that greeted us there was magnificent! Agatanomori koen itself was very pretty and well maintained. Thank you once again for your help. It was a fulfilling and enjoyable day trip!


Note of webmaster: It is our pleasure that you found out all the locations and enjoyed them!
Thanks for your comment.
Come again if you have a chance.
- Andy



319 2016/5/26 Ticket refundable??
Lillith 
CANADA
Hello,
Regarding the four-day buses and shinhotaka ropeway ticket that costs 12000 yan. can I ask for a partly refund if the ropeway closes due to bad weather? I am visiting the area in August and I think it is a really good deal. my only concern is the unavailability of the ropeway. is there a way to confirm it with the alpico bus company? thanks for your time and effort, I really appreciate it!
Lillith


Note of webmaster: Hi,
The Japanese leaflet (http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/ticket/pdf/panf006[1].pdf) says, it cannot be refund after you purchase it. It is a pass for buses, trains in Hida-Takayama, Matsumoto, Shirakawago Area and the ropeway, so even if the ropeway doesn't operate, it is not refundable.
- Andy



318 2016/5/26 suica
maggie 
TAIWAN
Hello, is Matsumoto station in JR east region? I want to refund my suica card there...
:)


Note of webmaster: Yes, it is!
- Andy



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