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350 2017/12/30 Bus to shinhotaka
Kwan 
THAILAND
I plan to go to Shinhotaka from Matsumoto in february 2018. Is there a bus to go Shinhotaka from Matsumoto? How is bus timeable? Can I go in one day trip? Please give me all information I need.
Thank you


Note of webmaster: Hi Kwan

You can get to Shinhotaka and back to Matsumoto in one day, but you will need to plan carefully.
There are no direct buses to Shinhotaka, so you will need to transfer at Hirayu Onsen. The timetable to get to Hirayu Onsen is here: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/. Please be careful; the bus times in the yellow columns are only for Dec 29 through Jan 3. The other buses do not stop at Shinhotaka.
The earliest bus you can take is the 7:50 from Matsumoto Bus Terminal. You could also take the 9:55 and still have enough time. The 12:30 bus will probably be too late.
When you transfer at Hirayu Onsen, you will then take the Nohi bus. Their timetable is here: https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/route_bus/shinhotaka-line-en/
When you come back, I recommend trying to catch the 15:50 (3:50 p.m.) bus from Hirayu Onsen to Matsumoto. If you miss this bus, there is one more bus that leaves at 17:50 (5:50 p.m.).
Recommended schedule:
Going: Leave Matsumoto Bus Terminal 7:50 -> Arrive Hirayu Onsen 9:15 -> Leave Hirayu Onsen 9:40 -> Arrive Shinhotaka Ropeway 10:16
Coming Back: Leave Shinhotaka Ropeway 14:55 (2:55 p.m.) -> Arrive Hirayu Onsen 15:28 (3:28 p.m.) -> Leave Hirayu Onsen 15:50 (3:50 p.m.) -> Arrive Matsumoto 17:15 (5:15 p.m.)

Hope this helps!
-Paige



349 2017/12/11 Christmas and Winter Events
Theresa 
UNITED KINGDOM
Dear Team of the Welcome Matsumoto Website,

I've already checked the Event Calendar but in past years there have been things going on like "multilingual carol singing", "candle illuminations in Azumino National Park" ... and I was wondering if there will be such events this year as well.
Or would you be so kind to advice me some special winter events in the area around (+/- 2 hours) I should definitely not miss?

Big thank you for your help!


Note of webmaster: Hi Theresa,

The "multilingual carol singing" has not been held in recent years, but other upcoming events can be found here: http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/modules/xpressme/events/december-events-2017

Information on winter illuminations can be found here: http://welcome.city.matsumoto.nagano.jp/modules/xpressme/events/winter-light-displays

You can also visit our facebook page where we share upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/matsumotowelcomesyou/events/?ref=page_internal

Enjoy!
-Paige



348 2017/12/7 Takayama - Komikochi - Matsumoto
Stell 
AUSTRALIA
Hello you have such a great info on the region.

We will be travelling from Takayama to Matsumoto on 10April 2018. I wonder if Kamikochi is open for visitors then.
Do you think we need to book the bus for this journey? April is a cherry blossom time so is a peak tourist time. We also like to visit Kiso valley - Nara and perhaps Tsumago- Magome if you think we can get accommodation without booking? Your advice will much appreciated.


Note of webmaster: Hi Stell,

Kamikochi opens mid-April, so the park will not be open for regular visits when you come on the 10th. If you would really like to visit the park, you can enter Kamikochi on foot preferably by reserving a tour with a private guide or travel agency.

Tickets cannot be reserved for the Takayama-Matsumoto Route (not so crowded). Seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis (standing not allowed). The buses are operated jointly by Nohi https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/ and Alpico https://www.alpico.co.jp/tourists/en/kamikochi/route08/.

Since April can be a busy time and smaller lodgings need time to prepare for guests, we recommend booking an accommodation in advance.
Tsumago Accommodations: http://tumago.jp/english/infomation.html
Magome also has a few minshuku (guest houses).
There is a luggage transport service between the two areas.

More information about the Kiso Valley and Nakasendo Road is available here: http://www.go-nagano.net/killer/kiso

Have a nice trip!
-Paige



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



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