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281 2017/11/16 Another question
Anukal 
THAILAND
Hello,

Thanks for answering so quickly. I have another question.

Are there buses running from Shirahone Onsen to Shin-Hotaka in the winter of December 2017? And, on the way back are there buses going from Shin-Hotaka back to Matsumoto? Where can I find their time tables?

I would like to go to the Shin-Hotaka ropeway in December 2017 after Shirahone Onsen?

Thanks.


Note of webmaster: Hi Anukal,

There are buses that will take you from Shirahone Onsen to Shin-Hotaka and back to Matsumoto, but you will need to transfer.

Shirahone Onsen -->Shinhotaka Ropeway
Step 1: From Shirahone Onsen, take the bus bound for Matsumoto and get off at Oyako-daki (K17). Two buses leave from Shirahone Onsen: the 10:05 a.m. and the 15:45 p.m. (3:45 p.m.) The timetable is available here (Japanese only) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/kamikochi/shirahone/

Step 2: From Oyako-daki, take the express bus bound for Takayama and Shinhotaka. Get off at Hirayu-Onsen (the last stop).
The timetable is available here (in English and Japanese). http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/ Please be aware that while two buses (shown in yellow) appear to be running to the Shinhotaka Ropeway stop, they are NOT in service during the winter.

Step 3: From Hirayu-Onsen, take the Nohi Bus to the Shinhotaka Ropeway. The timetable is available here (in English). https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/route_bus/shinhotaka-line-en/

Shinhotaka Ropeway -->Matsumoto

Step 1: From the Shinhotaka Ropeway stop, take the Nohi Bus back to Hirayu-Onsen.

Step2: Take the express bus from Hirayu-Onsen to Matsmoto Bus Terminal
The timetable is available here http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/matsumoto_takayama/.

Hope this helps!
- Paige



280 2017/11/15 Questions about Alpico buses in the winter to Shirahone Onsen
Anukal 
THAILAND
Hello,

I am planning to visit Matsumoto area in December 2017. I plan to visit Shirahone Onsen. I would like to know if there are buses from Matsumoto to Shirahone Onsen. Or, are there other transportations to get there in December? I cannot find out about this information on Alpico website.


Note of webmaster: Hi Anukal,

Yes, Shirahone Onsen is accessible by direct bus or by a combination of bus and train on Alpico's Matsumoto - Shin-Shimashima - Norikura Kogen (Highlands) Line. Please note that the following times are all Japan Standard Time.
Discount round trip tickets are also available. They are valid for 7 days and can be used for both the bus and the train.

Direct Bus to Shirahone Onsen: Departs from Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 13:30 (1:30 p.m.) and arrives at Shirahone Onsen (the last stop) at 15:33 (3:33 p.m.).
Train and Bus to Shirahone Onsen: The Kamikochi Line train departs from Matsumoto Station at 7:16 a.m. and arrives at Shin-Shimashima Station at 7:49 a.m. From there, you will need to transfer to the bus that departs at 8:05 a.m. You will arrive at Shirahone Onsen at 9:28 a.m.

Direct Bus to Matsumoto: Departs from Shirahone Onsen at 10:05 a.m.
and arrives at Matsumoto Bus Terminal at 12:03 p.m.
Bus and Train to Matsumoto: The bus departs from Shirahone Onsen at 15:45 (3:45 p.m.) and arrives at Shin-Shimashima Station at 17:08 (5:08 p.m.). From there, you will need to transfer to the Kamikochi Line train that departs at 17:23 (5:23 p.m.). You will arrive at Matsumoto Station at 17:52 (5:52 p.m.)

Have a nice visit!
- Paige



279 2017/11/5 Mr
Aman 
UNITED KINGDOM
English speaking guide required from 7th nov - 9th nov for a husband and wife


Note of webmaster: Hi, Aman
A professional guide, Ms. Kubo will e-mail you.
Have a nice trip,
- Andy



278 2017/10/29 Matsumoto to MMJ Airport
Wei 
AUSTRALIA
Hi there,
Trying to figure out which way is better to get from Hakuba to Sapporo.
1) Kamishiro to MMJ Airport or
2) Nagano to Haneda Airport (will have JR pass)

How do you get from Matsumoto station to MMJ Airport? If by bus, is there a timetable? Trying to work out if we'll make the one flight in time!

Thanks


Note of webmaster: Hi Wei-san,

> 1) Kamishiro to MMJ Airport or
is faster but only one flight per day
> 2) Nagano to Haneda Airport (will have JR pass)
is much cheaper and more flights by some airlines.

The bus info including timetable to MMJ Airport is
here and it departs to match the flight time.

Enjoy Hakuba and Hokkaido,

- Andy



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



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