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17 2007/11/6 thanks- re, farm visits around Matsumoto
Hoosun 
SINGAPORE
Hi Milton
have been trying to reply but it keeps telling me The inserted items are not authorized. I have removed the links- maybe it will go thru now. Do you have an email?
Hoosun

Thanks Milton! This site is the best.

Yes, we do plan to make a day trip to Kamikochi by bus from Matsumoto Sta. Understand there is a local train that goes half way then have to get on the same bus. Any reason to take this train?

We are a group of 4, 2 couples- for now, middle to late middle age - active people but not trekkers. But we do enjoy walking and exploring. I do like photography.

We do also plan to make a trip, via bus, to the plateau for the scenery.

I have seen the Tyrolean Woods site- sort of like a petting zoo. However we are more into fruits and veggie farms- not so much animal farms. We enjoy occasionally eating premium Japanese fruits, we had some in Hokkaido, and like to see them on the vine if possible. Also, we understand the scenery around the Wasabi farm is very nice.

There are buses from the Hotaka JR station to the Wasabi farm and other sights. Link- . This is in English so may be helpful to Junie and others. But not sure how up to date this is- also understand that the schedules may change from year to year.

Besides taking in Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, and others, we plan to do the Alpine Route with a stay of 2 nights at the Tateyama Hotel. Its expensive- but since we are here, go for the whole nine yards. One problem with this route is the luggage which I understand can be forwarded to the next hotel by courier type services. But read that the service is next day delivery- however we would need our luggage the same day. Plus this would be quite expensive I would think. I had found a page in Japanese on this subject that seems to list participating hotels along this route that can forward/take your luggage as part of their service. Link- . Could someone at your site translate this for us- would appreciate it greatly.

Again, thanks very much. And keep up the good work.

Hoosun


Note of webmaster: Hi Hoosun.
I haven't forgotten you Could you please re comment and provide your e-mail address on the comment page. Then I can discuss this and post useful conclusions on the site. We are mere vlounteers here and can't put in lots of time but we try.
The reason to take a train to Shinshimashima for Kamikochi is: there are only few bus services directly from Matsumoto Sta (the railway & bus service company wants visitors to take trains).
For the luggage service on the Alpine Route, have you seen /xfguestbook+index.debut+16.htm See option 2, which I believe will solve the same day problem.
"The luggage can be sent to Toyama station or hotel by 16:00pm if you leave it at Shinano Oomachi station (Alps Roman-kan) by 11:10 am."

The fee seems to be 1700 yen per item from Shinano Oomachi station to Hotel Tateyama.

Kind Regards
Milton



16 2007/11/3 Utsukushigahara, getting there in winter?
Andrew Reisz 
AUSTRALIA
Hello, i'll like to enquire if there are any form of public transport (except taxi) during winter to get to Utsukushigahara Plateau? i do not possess a driver's license so renting a car is out of the question.

All help is greatly appreciated!


Note of webmaster: As you can see in the bus timetable, there is no public transport service in winter (November through late-April). If you stay in Utsukushigahara Ohgatou Hotel or Yamamoto Goya (cheaper than Ohgatou Hotel), they have a shuttle bus service from Matsumoto Station
Enjoy your stay in the beautiful winter season!
- Andy



15 2007/10/31 working in matsumoto
herbert 
JAPAN
where can I find out about work in matsumoto? I'm English, have a working visa, little Japanese. I'll do anything apart from teaching. Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi Herbert I really am not too sure about much outside the teaching industry for us foreigners.
All I can recommend is the Govt 'Hello Work' service.
It has English assistance in Matsumoto and through out the country. See there site for links and contact details here. http://www.tfemploy.go.jp/en/coun/cont_2.html. Otherwise of course there are sites like Gaijinpot etc which you probably know well about. They can be found easily on Google looking for Jobs and Japan. But many of these jobs are English related.

To employ a gaijin it takes some trust and confidence, as unless they are well integrated into Japan they will be more difficult to deal with in the routine issues of work understanding and administrating them.
So for Non English Jobs a specific Skill, a good relationship or word of mouth is critical. I think for Gaijin. that is how most can move into non English related work. We can't here think of any other easy options or contacts. Do you have any relationships here you could leverage ?

Milton



14 2007/10/25 farm visits around Matsumoto
Hoosun 
SINGAPORE
Small group of us from Singapore are planning a visit to Japanese Alps including maybe 3 nights in Matsumoto at end July 2008. We will have JR rail passes, no kids, like walks in nature but not climbing mountains.
One of the things we would like is visits to the local farms. We understand there is a public bus to the DAIO wasabi farm but learned that there is no public transport to the other farms in the area.
Are there local tours we can join for farm visits? English speaking? Appreciate any advice for visiting these farms?
Thanks much!
Hoosun


Note of webmaster: Hoosun
Sorry about the slow response.
KamiKochi is a must for you if you are into Mountains and walkiing of a relaxed level. But a bus is the only practical way to get there. There are plenty of Buses to Kamikochi from Dowtown.
On the farm visits front, other than the Wasabi farm Transport would require Baike Taxi or Cars.
One farm that speaks English is is http://www.ogurayama.com, a member of WWOOF. I will try to get more info on this.
How many in your party? There are not really any established tours to farms though.
You mentioned that you have no kids with you. But were you hoping to see and be in contact with farm animals. If so there is a place focused on younger people that still may be of interest.
You can have contact with animals at. "Tyrolean woods" http://www.tirol.gr.jp/.
Also you should visit Utsukushigahara Kogen Plateau. There you can visit a wide open highland farm area with cows. You can get there by bus from down town also.
I will try to update this entry again soon.
Do add any details you can about your groups nature and purpose.

Milton



13 2007/8/14 Thanks muchly!
Matthew 
UNITED STATES
Thanks to all of those who've worked on this site to provide so much information about Matsumoto. I will be moving to Matsumoto next month to teach English, and I've found more useful and interesting information here than I've been able to find anywhere else, including guidebooks. Keep up the good work!



12 2007/8/4 Guitar shops in Matsumoto
Lee 
SINGAPORE
Hi! Are there any guitar shops in Matsumoto? I dreadfully need it!!! I'll be there for business trip on Sep 07. Please email me if there is. Thanks a lot


Note of webmaster: Lee,

I’ve asked around and apparently Matsumoto has a few good musical instrument shops and a guitar specialty shop as well as a factory. The guitar specialty shop is "Guitar Shop SPECIALS their web site is http://dsd-guitar.com/specials/index.php and the store is a 5 minute walk north of the station. Matsumoto also has the Fujigen Guitar factory which has an online shop http://www.fujigen.co.jp/webshop/default.asp and they may
sell guitars directly in the factory.

There is also an instrument shop on the 5th or 6th floor of Parco (see the shopping section for details). This is a chain store called Shimamura. There is another one near the station. To get there, take Ekimae-dori (see the map) straight east out of the Matsumoto train station. In the second block from the station there is a Tully’s coffee and a fountain and then you will find a specialty foods shop called Treasure Market. The shop is on the second floor above Treasure Market and it is called Oguchi Gakki.

Best of luck and let us know if there is anything else we can do to help with your trip.

Liza



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



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