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277 2017/8/16 Asama onsen taimatsu matsuri 2017
Sebastian von Gumpert 
GERMANY
Hello!

We're going to Japan in September and October 2017 and heard about the Asama onsen taimatsu matsuri fire festival which we would love to visit. On another website we found the date of the 8th of October for it , which would be perfect but here it says it's gonna be on the 14th which would be a pity cause we are leaving Japan on the 11th of October. Can you tell me whats the correct information?

Thanks, your help is much appreciated! Sebastian


Note of webmaster: Hi Sebastian,

That festival is held on the 2nd Saturday of October every year, so the correct date for this year is Oct. 14. (Oct. 8 was the date from last year...).

Let us know if you have any other questions!
-Felice



276 2017/8/3 Apprenticeship
Chuck 
UNITED STATES
Hello,

I recently won a scholarship to study how to make sake or shochu in Japan. I visited Matsumoto when I was stationed in Yokosuka with the US Navy. I'm trying to reach out to Kametaya Sake Brewery to see if they are interested in training an American for 4-5 months. I will provide my own housing and need no payment. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Chuck Malone



275 2017/6/15 English Speaking Guide required in Matsumoto
Yuri Cherniavsky 
AUSTRALIA
I need an Engligh speaking guide for a half a day tour in Matsumoto on 11 November 2017 for 8 people. Pick up from railway station between 8.30-9.00 AM. Could you please put me in contact with a reputable LOCAL guide


Note of webmaster: Hello,
A female professional and reputable English guide living in Matsumoto, Rico can do. I will tell your e-mail address to her, so please read her e-mail and negotiate.
- Andy



274 2017/6/13 Getting in Touch!
Matt 
CANADA
Hi there,

i'm Matt and i'm working with an organization that is interested in helping connect people from smaller cities like Matsumoto with people around the World who might be interested in learning more about the local culture and maybe even visiting.

Is there any way I can get in touch with the administrators of this website to find out more about Matsumoto?

Thanks!


Note of webmaster: Hi Matt,

Thanks for your interest, We received your email - I will send you a reply later today.

Thanks!
Felice



273 2017/4/28 Free bikes
Albert B. 
UNITED STATES
Hello. I'll be visiting Matsumoto in May. I want to see the castle and also a Ukiyoe Museum. I see that Matsumoto offers free bike rentals. There is some information on your website which says "Free bicycles 'Sui Sui Town' are available daily 9:00am to 5pm at various locations throughout town, including the public hall 'M Wing'
Can you be more specific, where the Public Hall is? I will have very limited time in Matsumoto. I see there is a bike parking lot, right in front of train station, but I think these are private bikes. Thank you very much


Note of webmaster: Hi Albert!

The M Wing is near the Parco department store which is about 5 minutes from Matsumoto station. Here is a link to the location on Google maps:

Google Maps M Wing Location

There's also a paid rental cycle place (500 yen per day) outside of the east exit of Matsumoto station. They're open from 7:00am to 9pm. The rental cycles are located in the building next to the pinpoint on the map here.

Here's a detailed map (Japanese) for the same place.

I hope that helps!
- Felice



272 2017/3/16 Kai
Kai 
SINGAPORE
Hi!

I am hoping to visit Matsumoto in August and attend the Seiji Ozawa Festival orchestra concerts. Is there any group or individual that can assist me to purchase the ticket, and plan for my stay at Matsumoto?

I've read somewhere that hotel rooms are hard to book especially during the music festival in August. Will there still be vacant rooms if I book in June?

Looking forward to some suggestions and advice. Thank you!


Note of webmaster: Hi, Kai-san
Teddy Yamaishi in Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association sent you a reply by e-mail. Please check your e-mail.
- Andy



271 2017/3/3 Route to Mt. Norikura
Weera 
THAILAND
Dear sir,

I have plan to go to Matsumoto and Takayama area in 6-10 May 2017, I'm interested in the Alps Shinsyu/Hida Open Ticket 4 days pass. I have some question belows:
1. Do this pass can use reserved bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go? Or I can use only not reserved bus.

2. About route to Mt. Norikura. When this route is open? Please send me the schedule and bus timetable.

3. Please send me bus timetable from Takayama to Hida furukawa.

Best regards,
Weera Krykad


Note of webmaster: Hi Weera,

1. You can use only NOT-RESERVED bus.

2. The buses to the top (Tatamidaira) of the Mt. Norikura operates only July-Oct due to remaining snow (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/echoline/). Buses to the halfway (Kuraigahara Hut or snow gorge/Katanokoya Hut) operates from early-May (depends on the remaining snow, last year from May 9th). (Japanese timetable: http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/haruyama/).

3. It seems to be only Japanese version (https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/wp_rnw/wp-content/themes/nouhibus/routebus/takayama/timetable/kamioka_furukawa.pdf). "古川駅前" in the middle of the table is "(Hida )Furukawa Station" It takes 0:50 or 1 hour from Takayama Bus Center (in the top of the table).

Have a wonderful trip,
- Andy



270 2017/2/3 accommodation in Matsumoto
igor 
AUSTRALIA
Hi I am going to Matsumoto with my 80 years old mum. We want to stay 2-3 days in onsen and 2-3 days in Matsumoto city.
Please recommend area/place where can do slow strolls (flat), good view onsen accommodation (Asama or Utsukushigohara) and reasonable hotel in Matsumoto (with rotenburo if possible, something like Dormy Inn)


Note of webmaster: Hi, Igor-san
If your mother is inrested in Japanese traditional old house shopping street, Nakamachi and Nawate in Matsumoto and Narai-juku (old post town) in Shiojiri in Kiso Valley are flat old streets good for strolling.
Most ryokans in Asama or Utsukushigohara Onsen provide good view. Especially, Kikyotei Yumotoya in Asama has a private big hot spring bathroom with excellent view of Japan Alps in the 6th floor.
I think Dormy Inn is the only reasonable hotel with rotenburo in Matsumoto downtown. If you don't insist on rotenburo, please look for other hotels in the list of our accommodation page.
- Andy



269 2016/12/30 Contact details in Matsumoto
Tony Jarrett 
AUSTRALIA
Hello, first of all I am not concerned if you don't post this public ally as there are really a series of questions I hope you can assist me with.

I have visited Matsumoto 3 times in my 8 visits to Japan. I have written a few posts on my blog about Matsumoto, with many more still to be finalised. See "tonyj2japan"

The volunteer guides at Matsumoto Castle were my first experience with this fantastic way of connecting up with passionate local people. I have used volunteer guides in 12 places now in Japan. Which leads into my questions.

Can you find me the address of Matsumoto Fire Station 21 please, that covers the Uchida and Kotobukidai areas.

Also, I am trying to make contact again with Yuri Kashiwazawa from the Matsumoto City Government - then in the International Relations Section - if he still works for the City.

I appreciate your help. Great site by the way, which I have trawled for previous visits.

Thanks

Tony


Note of webmaster: Dear Mr. Tony Jarrett
I briefly read your blog post about your great and interesting international exchange with local Matsumoto Fire Station people.

The mail (not e-mail) address of the Station #21 seems to be
2203-1 Uchida, Matsumoto City, Nagano 399-0023 Japan
The Japanese title of the station is,
Matsumoto-shi Shobodan Dai 21 Bundan (in Matsumoto City Uchida Office)

I asked the City Office about Yuri Kashiwazawa, but we are now in the New Years' holidays as you may know, so pls wait until early Jan. I will e-mail you when I got an answer from the City Office because it might contact a private contact info.

I will you have a happy new year,
- Andy



268 2016/12/6 Restaurant
Jimmythkoo 
HONG KONG
Hi

I am planning to visit Matsumoto and wondering if there is any event going on from Feb 4- Feb 12?

Beside, is there any local restaurant that you could recommend. We are looking for REAL local experience? We are looking for one above average expensive restaurant and one cheap but good restaurant


Note of webmaster: Hi,

February is off-season and no event in Matsumoto during 4-12. In Omachi, about one hour by train from Matsumoto, Dream Fireworks and Sound Festival at Omachi Onsenkyo (Hot Springs) and Ameichi Festival at downtown will be held.
As for restaurants, Hikariya East I added to Japanese restaurant directory might be real local experience with Japanese dish menu (lunch / dinner). Sakuraya (Eel) is a little cheaper but good for Japanese food experience.
Cheap but good one might be in izakaya and yakitori pubs in the directory. Irori Kaisen Ninnikuya is good and has English menu. Motojiya Robata Shoya is another option. Banrai is popular among local Japanese. [Andy]



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