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247 2015/9/4 Bus times for Matsumoto to Misayama
Do you know the times for this bus and how much it costs?


Note of webmaster: The Japanese timetable is here. The upper area is Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Misayama (Inakura, two of them are to Ichinose), the lower is Misayama to Matsumoto Bus Terminal. The left area is for weekdays, the right area is for weekends. The cost table is here. It costs 720 at the
maximum (Bus Terminal to Ichinose).
- Andy

246 2015/7/26 Meals at Mountain Huts
Hi, I am trekking in the North Alps at the start of Oct 2015. I intend to use the campgrounds of the mountain huts. Do the mountain huts also offer meals to campers or only guests that stay in their huts?

Note of webmaster: Hi, I think mountain huts should support all climbers, so they offer meals to campers, too. For example, Karasawa Hyutte (Hut)'s Japanese FAQ page says, they can offer meals to campers if you order them by 4:00 pm (and also your lunchbox).
- Andy

245 2015/6/26 Driving from Matsumoto to Ogisawa Station
Thanks very much for your reply. I shall go from Matsumoto to Ogisawa Station for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Can I drive from Matsumoto to Ogisawa Station and park the car near Ogisawa Station? What is the parking charge ?

Note of webmaster: Hi again,
Yes, you can drive to Ogisawa Station and park your car. There are one large parking lot just in front of the station (1000 yen per day) and free two parking lots before entering the way to the station (it takes a few minute walk to the station), two bottom "P"s in this Japanese map.
- Andy

244 2015/6/19 Matsumoto to Shinano Omachi
Hi, thanks for this good site.
If I drive from Matsumoto Station to Shinano Omachi(信濃大町), are there parking spaces for cars at Shinano Omachi? About how much will it cost if I park from 9am to 6 pm?

Note of webmaster: Hi, Lam
There is a parking space in front of the station. It costs 100 yen/hour (maximum charge: 1,500), so 900 yen for 9am to 6 pm.
- Andy

243 2015/6/16 3-year miso paste
Kua Eng Bee 
Hi, I bought the 3-year miso paste during visit with dynasty travel.Very tasty(oishi).Where can I buy in Singapore.

Note of webmaster: Hi, I asked 3-year miso brewery, Ishii Miso. They say "We are sorry, but we don't export our product. Substitute overseas purchase services might help you."
- Andy

242 2015/6/14 Question about train tickets from Shinjuku to Matsumoto
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
Hello all,
Is <> 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
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
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).


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.

238 2015/5/7 Fishing in Matsumoto area
hawaiian traveler 2016 
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
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

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