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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]



267 2016/10/30 Are you Andy Brasil
Anton 
SWITZERLAND
Hello Are you Andy Brasil from Australia?
My wife might to know you.


Note of webmaster: No, I am Japanese.



266 2016/10/8 Matsumoto to Takayama through Kamikochi
Dan 
BELGIUM
Hi, your guest book is realy helpful.
I did not find an answer to the following question:
We plan to leave Matsmumoto tomorrow morning (sunday) heading to a day trip in Kamikochi and then continue to our next stop in Takayama.
Can you assist us with where we should buy which ticket and where are the change stations.
Thanks a lot!


Note of webmaster: Hi Dan,
From Matsumoto to Kamikochi, take a Kamikochi Line train and transfer at Shinshimashima (the destination of the train) to a bus to Kamikochi (or, direct bus from Matsumoto Bus Terminal to Kamikochi at 5:30 or 10:30). From Kamikochi to Takayama, take Nohi Bus to Hirayu Onsen then transfer to a bus to Takayama.
Tickets can be purchased at Matsumoto Station (or Matsumoto Bus Terminal) and Kamikochi Bus Terminal before you ride each train/bus.
Enjoy Kamikochi and Takayama,
- Andy



265 2016/9/27 free foreign language castle guide service
Michael Loftus 
UNITED KINGDOM
Many congratulations on this excellent service which my wife and I used on Sunday. The guide was charming, attentive and very knowledgeable. Its a great facility which highlights the City's committment to inbound tourism. Thank you. Michael and Clare


Note of webmaster: Hi, I will forward your kind message to the castle guide group.
Thank you,
- Andy



264 2016/8/4 Rental classifieds online?
Keith 
UNITED STATES
Hi,
We have visited Matsumoto twice and plan to visit again soon. I am interested in finding an apartment rental agency or classified house rental resource that I can browse remotely. Also is there a business oriented group that will assist english speaking gaijin in getting permitted? Any suggestions please? Many thanks



263 2016/8/3 City museum calligraphy exhibit
Michael Lang 
UNITED STATES
Hi,

Greetings from Maine, USA!

My family and I had a great visit to Matsumoto a few weeks ago. At the City Museum was an exhibit of a contemporary painter who worked exclusively in Japanese calligraphy. Unfortunately, I did not note the name of this incredible artist. Would someone please pass along his name to me? Thank you.

We miss Matsumoto!

Michael


Note of webmaster: Hi, Michael-san

Did you visit Art Museum, which is famous for Yayoi Kusama's works? If so, it may be Shinzan Kamijo (see here). If this is not one you are looking for, please tell more detailed info.
- Andy



262 2016/7/11 Hiking Tsubakuro dake
Pun 
THAILAND
Hi, I will visit Matsumoto on Jul.15.16 and will do hiking to Tsubakurodake on Jul.16.16 then back to Matsumoto on Jul.17.16.

Is there any bus from Matsumoto direct to Nakabusa Onsen?

Any recommend Beef/Wagyu restaurant?


Note of webmaster: Hi,
There is no direct bus. You should go to Hotaka Station by JR and ride a direct bus to Nakabusa.

Restaurants you can eat wagyu beef is,
- Shangri-La in Tokyu REI Hotel in front of the station
- Restrorin (also good for gibier, a little expensive) between the station and castle
- BBQ restaurants, Meigetsukan (a little expensive) and Botanen (Kobe beef)
Take care not to eat too much

- Andy



261 2016/5/26 Pls help us to find the hotel on Saturday 16th July 2016
PK 
THAILAND
We plan to visit Matsumoto & Kamikochi on July 14-18,2016. It's really difficult to find the hotel in Matsumoto on Saturday 16th July from the website, could you please help us to find and recommend the hotel/ryokan for 4 adults around the Matsumoto station area (๋cost JPY 4000-6000/adult)?

Thank you.
PK


Note of webmaster: Hi,
I found only one available room in a inn (ryokan) Hakuraiso (舶来荘) in Yokota Hot Springs Area on Japanese website.
That day is a very busy day in Matsumoto, so if you want to stay there, please reserve by yourself or ask me (info@mtlabs.co.jp) to reserve (tell your name, necessity of meals (dinner and/or breakfast) hotel of the previous day) on your behalf. The price is 4,629 (with breakfast: 5,555; with dinner also: 6,481) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- Andy



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