Chino to Takato castle park

April 9th, 2019

Hi there, 

We had been planning on doing a trip to Takato castle park on April the 16th 2019 staying near Chino station

However, have just discovered that the timetable says busses only run until April the 14th. Is this correct? Is there any other way that we could visit the park? Would it be too late to see the blossoms on this date?


Star gazing at Achi Village

April 8th, 2019

Hello , i want to go for the winter night tour at achi star village. When can i buy the winter night tour tickets?

Kamikochi, Tateyama Alpine Route June 2019

April 8th, 2019


My family and I plan to travel to Kamikochi from Nagoya this June with itinerary as below:

2 June – Nagoya (sightseeing, unsure on accomodation options yet)

3 June – Travel to Kamikochi via bus? Open to overnight stay at Kamikochi as we probably will not have time to travel to Toyama. 

4th June – Travel from Kamikochi to Toyama and tour the whole alpine route, with overnight stay at Hotel Tateyama. 

5th June – Travel to Tokyo

I was wondering what would be the best option via rail pass, and what sights we can see along the way or at Kamikochi since we will have probably have time to see a few things. Considering it is weekend, afraid it will be crowded. Also, we will probably use the baggage forwarding service to get our luggage to Hotel Tateyama. 

Thanks in advance!

Kamikochi & Shin hotaka ropeway

April 8th, 2019

Hi all!

i would like to travel to kamikochi & shin hotaka ropeway. Firstly, i plan to stay at matsumoto as a based city and going to 2 places from Matsumoto. But after reading, i want to know whether it would be better if i go to Kamikochi then stay somewhere near kamikochi & next day go to ropeway. It would be great if ihave some onsen hotel. Pls help recommend 

Bus from Hirayu Onsen to Kamikochi

April 4th, 2019


I planned to visit Kamikochi from Hirayu onsen on 19th April 2019. Is there any bus operating? Can I have timetable

Thank You

Kamikochi + Norikura snow walls + Shin-Hotaka Ropeway

April 4th, 2019

Hi, I will be based in Matsumoto from April 17th to 19th, 2019 and plan to visit Kamikochi, the snow walls at Norikura Highlands and Shinhotaka Ropeway.

Am I too early to visit the snow walls? I noticed the Haruyama Bus to the snow walls is planned to run from April 27th.

If I am not able to see the snow walls, what other places can I visit at Norikura?

Will the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway be open? How should I get there from Kamikochi?

If the snow walls and Shin-Hotaka Ropeway are closed during the period that I am there, should I do a day trip from Matsumoto to Takayama and Shirakawa-go instead?

Thank you for your advice.

Matsumoto + Kamikochi + Alpine Route from Tateyama

April 1st, 2019

Hi guys,

As part of our trip in October, we would like to see Matsumoto + Kamikochi and/or Alpine Route from Tateyama. We would really like to enjoy the area and spend several days there. Now I\\\’m just a little bit 🙂 confused about how to go about it.

We are coming in from Kyoto. Should we, for example, stay 2 nights at Tateyama and then transfer to Kamikochi and stay at a hotel there? Or vice versa? What would be the most optimal plan?


Hirugami Onsen

April 1st, 2019


I will go to Hirugami onsen. I heard that there is a highway bus from Matsumoto to Komaba and then take taxi.

My question is that how do I call a taxi when I arrive Komaba bus stop because no taxi will be waiting around. And, how much for the fare from Komaba to Hirugami Grand Hotel Tenshin?

Public transport / getting around Karuizawa

April 1st, 2019

Hello! My family and I are staying in Villa Kita-karuizawa this April 2019. We plan on visiting Kanazawa and Nagano, are there any public transport going to and from the hotel to the Karuizawa station? The latest I saw was 5pm, is there a later time? Thank you~