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347 2017/11/6 About Japanese language class
Yuyen 
TAIWAN
Hello, I will stay in Matsumoto for two months and I heard about Japanese language lessons, is there still opening for who wants to learn? Where should I go for? Thank you Arigato! Yuyen


Note of webmaster: Hi (konnichiwa), Yuyen
See here about Japanese language lessons.
- Andy



346 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



345 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



344 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



343 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



342 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



341 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



340 2017/5/8 Kamikochi to Matsumoto
TOETY 
SINGAPORE
hi,

is there a direct bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto? where can I get it?

and how often are the buses back to Tokyo from Matsumoto?

Thanks ahead :)


Note of webmaster: Hi there,

There is a direct bus from Kamikochi to Matsumoto twice a day. One departs at 16:00 and the other 16:45. See the bus schedule here.

Also, there are buses from Matsumoto to Tokyo about once every hour (sometimes twice in an hour). You can check the bus schedule here.



339 2017/4/11 Any coin locker?
Gloria 
SINGAPORE
I would like to do a day trip to matsumoto and would like to find out if there is luggage storage at the tourist information centre at JR matsumato station. thank you.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Gloria
There are coin lockers at some places in the Station. See this page about the location, size, price and number. You can ask the Tourist Information Centre in the station when you can't find the place or a vacant locker.
Good luck,
- Andy



338 2017/3/28 Is Kamikochi accessible before opening ceremony?
Eline 
NETHERLANDS
Hi!

We are planning to visit Matsumoto in april (probably from april 19th) and we were wondering of Kamikochi park is accessible and nice to walk before the official opening ceremony. Can we go there for one or two daytrips and do some (short) hikes? Will there be lots of snow? And will there be any open facilities (restaurant/toilet) or is everything still closed?

Thank you so much for your reply.
Kind regards from Holland,
Eline


Note of webmaster: Hi Eline-san,
I think the bus & taxis will start operation and some facilities (some hotels, too) will open (or start preparing) April 17th this year. You can hike in mid-April but some snow remains on and along the trails. It is great because it is not busy (Japanese are few, but some foreigners including Asian tour travelers are there).
Take care and good luck,
- Andy



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