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11 2007/7/17 Thanks
Martin 
UNITED KINGDOM
I will be going to Matsumoto next week to teach English. your site has given me a lot of valuable info.

Thanks very much !



10 2007/7/14 Thank You
John Lim 
SINGAPORE
Thank you for your helpful advice. I am sure I will enjoy beautiful Matsumoto.



9 2007/7/8 Visit to Utsukushigahara, Hakuba and Hotaka
John Lim 
SINGAPORE
Hello,
I am from Singapore. I am planning to visit Matsumoto next week with my wife and 3 year old daughter.
We are planning to visit Utsukushigahara Kogen Plateau and Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum. I note that there is a bus which goes to Utsukushigahara Kogen Plateau and another bus that goes to Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum. Is it possible to walk from Utsukushigahara Kogen Plateau to the Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum? Can I visit both Utsukushigahara Kogen Plateau and Utsukushigahara Open Air Museum in one day?
I am also planning to visit Hakuba and the Hotaka Baio Wasabi Farm. Is it possible to visit both places in one day?
Thank you for your advice.
John Lim


Note of webmaster: Hello John, sorry for this late response.
Yes, you can visit both the Plateau and the Museum in one day.
If you visit the Art Museum first by Utsukushigahara Kogen Art Museum Line bus, you can take a 30-minute hike to Utsukushi-no-tou (a small symbol tower).
If you have time, go to the top of Utsukushigahara Kogen Plateau (Ougatou) by hiking 40 minutes more.
Then, walk down to a parking area (Tengu-no-roji) and you can ride the Utsukushigahara Kogen Heights Line bus to downtown Matsumoto.
Please check the timetables for these buses and make a plan before you go.

I think you can visit both Hakuba and the Hotaka Daio (not 'Baio') Wasabi Farm in one day, if you have a rent-a-car. But, Hakuba is wide and there are some sightseeing spots. Especially, Going up by cableway and hiking on major trekking courses like Happou and Tsugaike take half day trip.

If you don't have a car, you can visit Hotaka Wasabi Farm by taking a 10-minute ride with a rent-a-bike (or taxi). From Hotaka to Hakuba, it takes a 45-minute express train ride, but there aren't many trains in a day. So, it might be a hard schedule.

Enjoy your trip from Singapore!

Akira Matsuo



8 2007/6/5 Coming back
Steven Segers 
Visit Website BELGIUM
Hi everybody!

First of all, it's great to read your mails. Matsumoto is one of my favorite places since '99. Miss it...
I was back in 2006, but had a typical belgian problem, limited visa, & no support or doorway through Belgium.
Apparantly diplomacy is not very hot between the two countries.
It's sad because I worked as a sportsteacher,lifeguard in Tokyo, & got more offers but they couldn't provide me the visa, so eventualy, I had to leave.
After sending my cv, outdoorsports japan offered me a job, but couldn't provide the visa.
Any good advice to offer? Are they looking for teachers in Matsumoto?
Any good sites for Nagano prefecture?
I'm a teacher in physcal education, study jujutsu, taught kids & adults in ski-& watersports(surf, rafting, kayak) & have a life guard degree, a first aid degree from tokyo fire department.
I speak dutch, french, english, german & shoto japanese. I know the culture & the history already well...

Thx in advance,
Greetings from Belgium, Ghentp


Note of webmaster: Steven,

Thanks for your posting - the visa question is an oldie but a goodie.
The best explanation about the ins & outs of the visa labyrinth can be found here:
http://www.jobsinjapan.com/book/visa.html

Yes, it's a bit long-winded, but certainly covers most bases. In your particular situation, sponsorship for an English teaching position would be impossible - no matter how good your qualifications are, you're not a native speaker - this is a black & white issue which Immigration doesn't show any flexibility about whatsoever.

Since the Olympics, there's precious little demand for language lessons other than English.

You do have the necessary skills for other kinds of employment, which various outdoors/adventure outfits in places like Hakuba might find useful & be able to sponsor for...suggest you try that avenue & think laterally!

And let us know how you get on - I'm sure there'll be other bloggonauts out there wanting to know how you get on.

All the best,
Jim



7 2007/6/5 Cool
Bill Compton 
Visit Website RWANDA
Hi Jim. Photos i received. Thanks



6 2007/5/20 NagaKnow NagaYes!
allan c. cadano 
JAPAN
Congratulations! Thanks to Japan Time for publishing about this new Japan-English Magazine. How I wish to have a copy of your print mag. I am from Nagano shi, an English curriculum developer here and wish to share too in your webstie or mag if you welcome it. It is now my 2nd year in stay here with my family and have visited Matsumoto. I really like the sceneries in there and hope to have more time to be there again.
I just notice this when I visit about editors:
Liza Springmeyer
I have been in Matsumoto since August 2007, and have been keeping very busy. I bike everywhere snow or shine.

That can never be since we are still May of 2007. A little miss perhaps of a finger.

Thanks and again Cheers for this nice web.
allan desu


Note of webmaster: Alan,
Thanks for the heads up. Ooops.
I'm glad you like our site. We are actually not the same group as the one that makes NagaKnow, but the publisher is also one of our members. I think he is getting you a copy now.
Thanks again and I hope we hear more from you soon.
Liza



5 2007/3/26 Matsumoto - home away from home
Dan Lonigro 
UNITED STATES
No comparison between this website and the govt one. Very user friendly and I like the menu items. The "wikipedia" link on the Hot Springs section was a great idea. First time onsen can be a little intimidating. This makes it less so. After having lived in well over a dozen cities in Japan, there is no place I would rather spend time than good ole Matsumoto!


Note of webmaster: If anyone out there in blogland would like to see a picture of Dan in an onsen, please send a plain brown envelope and a fiver! He's absolutely right though - you've got to get into the whole onsen gig to push your travelling experiences into another dimension. Rub a dub dub y'all!



4 2007/3/24 Mr.
Howie Pine 
UNITED STATES
Having seen and lived in a few places around Japan in the 1990s, I have to say that Matsumoto and the surrounding area is one of, if not the best, place to visit or live in Japan. It's got the history, great food, good local izakaya, a mixture of the old and new, and just a vibe that calls out to you, 'Ah, this is the true Japan'. If you are going to visit Japan make sure to add this area to your list. You'll be glad you did.



3 2007/3/19 good job
Tim Fawcett 
NEW ZEALAND
Great to see a classy Matsumoto website. It`s a fantastic town and I have lots of very happy and slightly out-of-focus memories from my 16 months there


Note of webmaster: Hi there Tim
Do let us know of any hot favorites or advice that comes to mind.
Regards
Milton



2 2007/3/17 Awesome!
Warrick Harkness 
NEW ZEALAND
Congrat's to the project team - I thought that I had recognised a certain bald headed english man's words in the Hot Springs section?!

I will try to dig out some old photo's to post.

Where's the local 'gaijin' soccer team section?

Warrick


Note of webmaster: Warrick,

Alas the 'gaijin' football team (Matsumoto Mongrels) is no more
The team was a great social focus for several years, if not one of stunning footballing skills as I'm sure you'll remember? (Warrick used to play goallie at field hockey so did some damage in between the sticks for us!).

After a while, the core of the team moved on. Ciaran now running bouncy castles in Dublin; Howie keeping Las Vegas in business; Chris + kids in California; Kelton gone postal around Japan; Takao settled in UK; Richard cooking in Okinawa; Rob as far as I know still in B.C. The last time I saw Sergio was outside the ground after Brazil beat England in the World Cup '02. Where are the rest of you?

We shouldn't forget the cheerleaders either! Linda, Beth, Simon, Beth, Linda, erm.

There is a priceless collection of still unwashed French shirts in my cupboard - will consider any offers! For those looking for a kick about drop us a line; if you want to support the city's aspiring official team, check out Matsumoto Yamaga at Alwin stadium. The chants are rubbish but the team is a damn sight fitter than we ever were....oh the glory days!

jim



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