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317 2016/5/25 buses in matsumoto
maggie 
TAIWAN
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.
市役所>城山公園:
【41~42】三才山線
depart time14:41or16:21¥200
get off at成山公園口
【45】アルプス公園線
14:06¥230or below
get off at開松
城山公園口>Station:
【40】三才山線
17:17¥200
【100】北市内線東まわり(11分車程)
18:58¥200

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~
Maggie


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
marcia 
BRAZIL
Hi,
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



315 2016/5/21 Kimono Lover
持山シャロン 
PHILIPPINES
こんにちは
着物好きです!
着れるイベントところがあればとか着物すきの仲間がいれば。。。。よろしくお願いします


Note of webmaster: こんにちは。
安曇野着物集という団体が、6/26に着付けの講座と小物の販売のイベントをやるようです: http://azumino-kimono.tumblr.com/
ご存じと思いますが、松本城は毎年8月上旬~中旬に"Admission is free for visitors in kimono"の期間がありますね(http://www.matsumoto-castle.jp/lang/eng/event/summer)。
- Andy



314 2016/5/17 Taxi from ogizawa to Matsumoto?
Linda 
NETHERLANDS
Hello!
We are considering taking the alpine route from tateyama to ogizawa. The last bus from ogizawa to shinano omachi leaves at 5 pm, but
Is it possible to take a taxi from ogizawa to Matsumoto in the evening (around 6 pm)? And what are the costs?
Thanks!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Linda
The last bus leaves at 5:55 pm from Apr 16 till Nov 3.
If you want to take a taxi, I think some taxis are waiting or you can call it. Matsumoto is far from Omachi and it seems it takes around 13,000 yen.
Have a nice trip!
- Andy



313 2016/5/9 English and/or French teacher available
Richa G. 
INDIA
Hello,

I am searching for a part time job where I can give English and/or French lessons.

I am an Indian (a native speaker of English) pursuing masters in France but currently on an exchange program at the Shinshu university.

I am free on the weekends and post 5 pm on weekdays.

I would be very thankful if anyone here could help me in any way! :)

Best regards,
Richa.

richagupte@gmail.com



312 2016/5/6 Onsen
Miffy888 
AUSTRALIA
Hi I will be visiting Matsumoto with my 2 sons 11 and 13 year olds. I want to go to the hot springs, but I'm not comfortable with my boys separated from me going into hot springs- is there any way to get around this?


Note of webmaster: Umm.. Some hot spring ryokans (Japanese style inns) have private (family) bath rooms, but I wonder 11 and 13 year old boys might not want to show their naked bodies to you. In that case, you should look for ryokans where you can use two private bath rooms.
Or, if you don't mind public mixed open air bath (use towel to hide your body) of Awanoyu in Shirahone Hot Springs, it might be a solution and interesting experience.
- Andy



311 2016/5/4 It is safe to walk from matsumoto at 02.00 am?
Agnes 
INDONESIA
the bus from tokyo at 22.45 - n arrive Matsumoto at 01.45, it is safe to walk at 02.00 am from bus stop to matsumoto station?

what is the matsumoto station open for people at 02.00 am, so we can wait there till the first train to shinano omachi at 04.35 am?

Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi Agnes,
The bus stop is along a road and just a few minute walk to Matsumoto station.
In Japan, it is almost safe even mid-night, especially in our local town Matsumoto (maybe no people at all outside).
But, I think the station closes until 15 - 30 min before the first train. Refer to this previous question and my answer.

Additional info: a long and wide concourse of the Matsumoto Station aren't locked 24 hours. There is no chair, but you can wait your train in the concourse (not so dangerous, I think).

- Andy



310 2016/5/3 Halal Food/Restaurant in Matsumoto
Sri Een 
INDONESIA
Hi, I'm going to visit Matsumoto-city at 5th and 6th of May 2016, do you know any halal restaurant/ food in Matsumoto city?
Thank you very much


Note of webmaster: Hello,
I heard one halal & central Asian dish restaurant 'Aselya' has opened recently. It is located in the west of Fukashi Shrine & Matsumoto Performing Arts Center. The tel no. is 0263-88-3939. It opens 11:00-15:00 and 17:00-21:00 and closes on Tuesday.
- Andy



309 2016/4/28 in continuation to my previous email
Sadhna Gulati 
INDIA
Dear Andy,

Thank you for yoyr quick reply, I really appreciate the same!
I just had one doubt - if I also plan to cover Japan Alpine Route and the Gifu cultural heritage, would village inn seizansou be inconvenient?

Any recommendations where I should put up to cover these?

Thank you in advance!


Note of webmaster: Hi again,
Do "Japan Alpine Route" mean "Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route" and "the Gifu cultural heritage" mean Shirakawa-go or Gokayama World Heritage?
If so, Seizansou is inconvenient because it is located far from Matsumoto Station and opposite direction to the two destinations, even though it is located in a quiet good place.
Hotels near the Matsumoto Station (i.e. Matsukaze, New Station, etc) in "Downtown" section of our Accommodation page, or, other area near your destinations (i.e. Omachi Onsenkyo near Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route) might be better.
- Andy



308 2016/4/26 Please Help
Sadhna 
INDIA
Hello!

Needed an advice on 2 things. It would be lovely if I could recieve some guidance.

1. I am travelling to Village Inn Seizanso from 30th April to 3rd May - this week, for my golden week vacation.

I live in Tokyo, so I plan to take the highway bus to Matsumoto. Could you kindly guide me how can i reach Village Inn Seizansou from Matsumoto? It would be very helpful!

2. It is my first time in Japanese Alps, please could you suggest any places where I should visit which I should not miss?

I would appreciate all your help!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Sadhna

1. Village Inn Seizanso is located at a little inconvenient (but quiet) place. It seems that you should take Matsubara Bus Line from Matsumoto Bus Terminal and get off at Chushin Matsumoto Byoin (hospital). Then, walk 15 mins (go up to Gofukuji (temple)) to the Inn. The bus leaves at 9:30, 11:00, 13:00, 15:30 and 18:00 on weekends according to this timetable.

2. It is the best season to visit Kamikochi, I think.
Also, Joyama Park is a good point of the Japan Alps view.
Gofukuji (temple), 20 min walk from the inn, a farmers' market, close to the Hospital Bus Stop, and Baba Family Residence, which is a good viewpoint of the Japan Alps, is just 15 min from the inn and bus stop.
Enjoy your stay,

- Andy



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