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242 2015/6/14 Question about train tickets from Shinjuku to Matsumoto
Lam 
HONG KONG
Hi, after I have bought あずさ回数券 for travel by train from Shinjuku to Matsumoto :

(a) do I need to exchange the 回数券 for train ticket when I travel?

(b) does 回数券 include the price for reserved seat(指定席)?

Thank you for your reply?


Note of webmaster: Hi, Lam
(a) No, you can use it as a train ticket.
(b) Yes, you can reserve your seat at a ticket counter in any station of JR showing your 回数券 (or JR website in advance). Even if you don't reserve, you can set non-reserved seat(自由席) by the 回数券.
- Andy



241 2015/6/6 repiles outside blog forum
Keirh 
UNITED STATES
Hello all,
Is <matsumotohelp@gmail.com> a no reply?I had replied to Milton trying to post outside of this forum. Thanks!


Note of webmaster: Hmmm I'll take a look.

Weird indeed.



240 2015/5/29 Thanks Milton
Keith 
UNITED STATES
Thanks Milton,

I will check the link you have provided. The commitment to this guest blog by the editor's is stellar!


Note of webmaster: Hi again Keith.

I mena to reply a little more yet, but can't just at the moment.

Please check back here and in your mail in a few hours.



239 2015/5/27 Real Estate resource
Keith 
UNITED STATES
Greetings hosts,
My wife and I have visited Matsumoto twice and are interested in seeing what is available for vacation houses or conventional housing for purchase in Matsumoto and vicinity. Are there agencies with a web sight that could be recommended that can work with foreign buyers? Thank You!


Note of webmaster: Hi There Keith.

I caretake a vacation home for a person I first met on this page.
It would be available for short term or long term rental for that matter.
It is in the hills around Matsumoto. Such places are available at times.

It was purhased at a very competitive price in a run down state.
(A few tens of thousands I think, from a pool of foreclosed homes).
It has been moderately tidied up now.

If you are across Japanese there are sites that list such current foreclosed homes that can be bidded on.

Beyond that regular real estate is available.
Remember that in Japan expect deflation on a property, especially one with a newer building on it.

I think best value is derived from a building a decade or too old for a home.
For space and land older homes in a good state go for little more than land value.
Buildings here are seen like cars and devalue rapidly also. Probably little value is seen as being held in a typical 30+ year old building.

I will try to find a link to the default homes page if I can.
But remember it is very legally difficult in Japan to evict people from a home you may buy while they reside there.

I'll try to update this post soon with a link or maybe two.
And maybe one conversation on a podcast on this topic.


I am not so across regular Real Estate in English (but we own our own place so have been through a purchase process).


Milton

One link here to a useful Podcast by a Local Matsumoto resident on Real estate and housing.
There are a number of useful podcasts by this author that make for a good listen when you have a little time.
Most centered on the Matsumoto region and issues of living here in Japan from hands on locals.
http://japanofiles.com/episode_6



238 2015/5/7 Fishing in Matsumoto area
hawaiian traveler 2016 
UNITED STATES
Aloha !
I will be traveling to Japan in March 2016....Staying
at Tobira Onsen Myojinkan for 2 nights.....
Inquring if there is any stream/ river fishing close
by..
Thank you......Tom


Note of webmaster: Konnichiwa,
Myojinkan's Japanese blog says some guests were fishing along a river (photo) in front of the hotel. Ask Myojinkan!
- Andy



237 2015/5/3 Konashidaira campground
DAvid and Amandine 
FRANCE
Hi,

We would like to book a bungalow for 2 people for 2 nights (11 and 12 of august) but the website is only in japanese so it'is a little bit difficult for us! I try to send an email but i'm not sure...

Could you book a bungalow for us? the B or D-type cabin. (Is the need to sleep ?)
Could you also confirm us the price?
Thank you!

David and Amandine


Note of webmaster: Hello,
I can book the B-type bungalow (cabin) on Aug 11 and 12 (some rooms have been occupied and some remain) for you. Tell me (e-mail address info@mtlabs.co.jp) your full name, phone number in Japan or hotel name where you stay in the previous night.
The total price seems to be 21,000 per two persons, two nights. I don't understand "Is the need to sleep?" I think there are blankets, sheets, and futon.
- Andy



236 2015/4/9 Next Week HIking in Matsumoto
Michael 
GERMANY
Good morning!
I will be in Matsumoto next weekend (Friday 17 to Sunday 19) and would like to do some nice 1 day hikes in the mountains in the area. Can you give some advise?
Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Umm.. Many western travelers want to hike this season, but it is too early in high mountains because much snow remains in the trails.
One nice hike in not high mountains is Mt. Hikarujo Hike in Azumino. You can hike on fantastic "cherry blossom trails" this season. See also this question and answer.
Have a nice trip,
- Andy



235 2015/3/20 Matsumoto Baseball Schedule May 2015
Blair Prentice 
UNITED STATES
We'll be traveling nearby on May 4, 2015 and would like to come watch a game at this field. Is there baseball scheduled? If not, something else there or nearby?


Note of webmaster: Hello, Blair.
The detailed schedule is not yet released, but there should be local high school spring tournament games in the daytime on May 4, possibly semi-finals.
Japanese high school baseball games are so hot, I bet you get excited!
- Kaz
p.s. Bad news... This morning (Apr 21), I find the HS tournament schedule in the papers and there will be no games on May 4th in Matsumoto unless the games on May 2nd or 3rd are postponed. There will be games at Ueda Baseball Park on 4th but it's a little bit far from Matsumoto (approx 27 miles, or 2 hours by train)



234 2015/3/16 Shinjuku to Matsumoto by train
Lam 
HONG KONG
I see from the JR East website that あずさ回数券(6枚つづり) are cheaper than 6 single tickets. Because we have 3 adults, can we use 3 of the tickets for travel from Shinjuku to Matsumoto by Limited Express Azusa train on 20 September and the other 3 tickets for the return journey from Matsumoto to Shinjuku by Limited Express Azusa train on 26 September ?


Note of webmaster: Lam,
Yes, you are right. Azusa 回数券 is much cheapter than normal tickets and Japanese use it very often. It is smart to use it.
- Andy



233 2015/3/10 Is it possible to see cherry blossoms in late April?
Ake 
THAILAND
I plan to visit Matsumoto on April 25.


Note of webmaster: Hi,
You can see them in places at high altitude and north area, such as Mt. Hikarujo in Azumino, Alps Park in Matsumoto (maybe a little late because cherries might bloom earlier than usual this year), and Omachi Park.
- Andy



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