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325 2016/9/27 Matsumoto Station to Joyama Park
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
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~
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
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 .
- Andy

321 2016/7/4 Kominkan
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!
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??
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!

Note of webmaster: Hi,
The Japanese leaflet ([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
Hello, is Matsumoto station in JR east region? I want to refund my suica card there...

Note of webmaster: Yes, it is!
- Andy

317 2016/5/25 buses in matsumoto
Hello, I'm visiting Matsumoto this August. I plan to visit Matsumoto castle and Joyama park. I did a little research and narrowed down to these 4 buses that can take me to Joyama park from the castle and back to the station.
depart time14:41or16:21¥200
get off at成山公園口
14:06¥230or below
get off at開松

Can you take a look at bus No.45's fare chart? I don't really get it. How much does it cost from 市役所 to 開松?Where is 開松stop located, what direction and approximately how far should I go after getting off the bus? (I just need a general idea of these info~ Don't wanna get lost!)

As for 城山公園口stop, umm...where is it ?@@ Google map won't show. Just let me know if there are directions and signs nearby and I'll be fine...

Thank you~

Note of webmaster: Hi,
I suppose it costs 210 yen from 市役所 to 開松 (probably). The map of the 開松stop is here (in Japanese) and it takes a few minute walk (to west) to the park.
The map of 城山公園口stop is here. It takes 15 min walk (to west) to the park.

There is a good viewing tower and a statue of cute child seat in the park. Enjoy it!

- Andy

316 2016/5/21 Matsumoto - Kamikochi - Takayama
Our family plan to visit Matsumoto (one night), take a morning shuttle to a day trip in Kamikochi and continue to sleep in Takayama.
1. Is this plan reasonable (or maybe too much for one day?
2. Where is the best place to get info regarding the shuttles?

Note of webmaster: Hello,
1. If the "morning shuttle" means the direct bus departing Matsumoto Bus Terminal 5:30 a.m., you can arrive at Kamikochi 7:05. It takes about 1:30 from Kamikochi to Takayama, so you can see around Kamikochi almost all day. Even if you ride the direct bus departing the Bus Terminal 10:15, you can see around Kamikochi several hours.
2. "The best place" means website? If so, you can see the timetable here and other information here. If you mean a real place, visit TICs in Matsumoto.
- Andy

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