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262 2016/7/11 Hiking Tsubakuro dake
Pun 
THAILAND
Hi, I will visit Matsumoto on Jul.15.16 and will do hiking to Tsubakurodake on Jul.16.16 then back to Matsumoto on Jul.17.16.

Is there any bus from Matsumoto direct to Nakabusa Onsen?

Any recommend Beef/Wagyu restaurant?


Note of webmaster: Hi,
There is no direct bus. You should go to Hotaka Station by JR and ride a direct bus to Nakabusa.

Restaurants you can eat wagyu beef is,
- Shangri-La in Tokyu REI Hotel in front of the station
- Restrorin (also good for gibier, a little expensive) between the station and castle
- BBQ restaurants, Meigetsukan (a little expensive) and Botanen (Kobe beef)
Take care not to eat too much

- Andy



261 2016/5/26 Pls help us to find the hotel on Saturday 16th July 2016
PK 
THAILAND
We plan to visit Matsumoto & Kamikochi on July 14-18,2016. It's really difficult to find the hotel in Matsumoto on Saturday 16th July from the website, could you please help us to find and recommend the hotel/ryokan for 4 adults around the Matsumoto station area (๋cost JPY 4000-6000/adult)?

Thank you.
PK


Note of webmaster: Hi,
I found only one available room in a inn (ryokan) Hakuraiso (舶来荘) in Yokota Hot Springs Area on Japanese website.
That day is a very busy day in Matsumoto, so if you want to stay there, please reserve by yourself or ask me (info@mtlabs.co.jp) to reserve (tell your name, necessity of meals (dinner and/or breakfast) hotel of the previous day) on your behalf. The price is 4,629 (with breakfast: 5,555; with dinner also: 6,481) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- Andy



260 2016/5/9 Job Vacancies
Bump Roberts 
AUSTRALIA
Hello,

I'm currently living in Matsumoto and looking for work. If you can help/or have advice could you please send me an email.

I appreciate your time.

Cheers



259 2016/5/2 Matsumoto
Krishnamoorthy Narayanan 
INDIA
Dear Andy
Thanks a lot for your help. I hope to receive the map.



258 2016/4/26 Walking map
Krishnamoorthy Narayanan 
INDIA
I am from India and do not know Japanese. I am planning to visit Japan next month and Matsumoto is in our itinerary. I want to take a print out of your Matsumoto town walking map (2 pages) - - unfortunately, I am not able to take a print out or save as pdf. Can you please mail me a pdf map of the same. Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi, welcome from India!
I asked an officer of Matsumoto Tourism Association and he will send you the PDF of the map on Monday.
- Andy



257 2016/4/16 mens drop in or rec football / soccer
Rob 
UNITED KINGDOM
Hi Andy - just wondering if you're aware of any men's football (UK) / soccer (US) recreation leagues or drop in games around Matsumoto? thanks very much!


Note of webmaster: Hi Rob-san,

Actually I have no idea about rec leage of football arround Matsumoto, sorry.
FYI, I found an information from Matsumoto Yamaga FC (J2) website that they will take place 1 day event (http://www.yamaga-fc.com/archives/59145) on 4th May.

Regards,

- Ryu



256 2016/4/11 I want accommodation in August
Sergio 
ARGENTINA
Hi matsumoto!

I'm traveling around Japan during August. I want to arrive to matsumoto on 5th day and will stay 3 days. But that weekend the city will have a festival (?). And it is very hard for me.searching a room. All economy hotels are full for those days. Can anyone help me to search an accommodation?.hotel or hostel or a private room in a house.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Sergio
I asked two budget ryokans (Nunoya and Marumo) in downtown Matsumoto. Marumo is available only 5th (and 7th if you want to stay). August is vacation season and on Aug 6th, Matsumoto Bon-Bon dancing parade will be held, so downtown hotels are fully reserved.
On the internet, one guesthouse (cheap hotels with dormitory rooms) Kaze No Yasuyado is available (a little far from the station). Or, some ryokans in Asama Hot Springs might be available (more expensive than downtown hotels).
I hope these info helps you.
- Andy



255 2016/4/8 Mr
Felix 
HONG KONG
Thanks Andy for your prompt reply. It is greatly appreciated.

Even though we go hiking hills in Hong Kong every week, we have zero experience in winter mountaineering, especially there is snow and ice along the trail.

We might visit Kamikochi in early September instead to cater for better condition in hiking, latest early October.

For the mountain lodges (yamagoya) you mentioned what kind of facilities they can provide? For example, bed, quilt, food, water, etc. Are they difficult to book in September?

Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Felix


Note of webmaster: Felix,
September is a good season for hiking.
Yamagoya is a place to provide the minimum facilities and service for climbers, so you can use quilt (futon) (no bed), food, water (no shower). Usually you don't have to book because yamagoya must accept any climber without reservation for climbers' safety (but you should reach yamagoya early in the afternoon (before 3 pm if possible, latest 5 pm)). Refer to "MOUNTAIN LODGES" in this page.

Staying in yamagoya is less comfortable than normal hotels, but it will become interesting experience and good memory.

- Andy



254 2016/4/7 Mr
Felix 
HONG KONG
Dear Matsumoto,

My name is Felix Ng. i am living in Hong Kong. My friends and I are planning to visit Kamikochi in October 2016.

We are planning to stay at Kamikochi for 6-7 days. Besides the usual sightseeing in Kamikochi, we would like to spend 4-5 days hiking around the mountains near Kamikochi. We would like to get some mountain hiking recommendations in Kamikochi. I found in the map that there are many mountain around Kamikochi. For example, Mt Yake, Mt Nishi-Hotaka, Mt Myojin, Mt Mae-Hotaka, etc. Ideally, is that possible to make each trip a day trip so that we can go hiking for at most 9 hour per day? As a result, we can return to the hotel before sunset.

On the other hand, it would be great if we can enjoy onsen after a day of hiking in Kamikochi. Are there any onsen hotels to recommend? Price range can be 8,000 yen - 15,000 yen per person

Your help and advice is greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,

Felix Ng

Visitor from Hong Kong.


Note of webmaster: Hi, Felix

Staying in Kamikochi for 6-7 days would be fantastic experience.

But, in October (especially late-Oct), it is winter season in 2000-3000 meter high mountains. There might be snow and ice, so it is dangerous if you are not expert of winter mountaineering.

Mt Yake is close to Kamikochi and not so high (2393m), so you can go up and come down in 7-9 hours. But other mountain peaks such as Mt Nishi-Hotaka (expert level), Mt Myojin (most expert level), Mt Mae-Hotaka cannot be hiked in one day. Japanese stay in mountain lodges (yamagoya) for climbing such high mountains. Karasawa, very famous for fall foliage in early Oct, and Dakesawa can be climbed in one day each (10 hrs for Karasawa, 5 hrs for Dakesawa) and I recommend them even though they are not mountain peaks. There is a route map including course time in this site (no Mt. Yake included).

There are two onsen hotels in Kamikochi, but even cheaper one, Kamikochi Onsen Hotel, costs at least 16,000 yen (hotels in Kamikochi are expensive). Nishiitoya is the cheapest and good for hikers and foreigners.

- Andy



253 2016/3/25 koboyama
nattapon 
THAILAND
Thank you for the quick reply earlier
i have a couple more questions
i would like to go to koboyama mountain for sakura..
1.can i go there by bus.. does it run often ? When is the last bus go back to matsumoto station? (In case i go to see sakura illumination at night if there is one)
2.is it far to get there by bike? Is there a place i can rent it? About how much?
3.is there an illumination at the castle on 15th of April?
Regards and have a good day


Note of webmaster: Hi again,
1. The bus to there,"Namiyanagidanchi Line", runs every 2 or 3 hours. It departs the Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 7:20 9:05 11:05 14:05 16:05 and 18:55. The last bus departs 'Koboyama Iriguchi' (trailhead) bus stop at 19:21.
2. Rental bikes are free. See here. It takes about 30 mins by bike. Not so far.
3. The special illumination for the cherries will start three days after cherries begin blooming (forecasted 'April 3rd') and continus 10 days. So, it might end around 15th. The lighting of the castle is held 365 days.
- Andy



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