Hi, I am interested to view cherry blossom in Japan, but I am told it is kind of late for some of the popular areas like the cities, Tokyo and Osaka, by the time I visit in 2nd week of April. I am told Nagano would be a good place, got chance, I checked Japan-guide.com and realized Matsumoto is one of the places for viewing cherry blossom even in April. I intend to travel to Nagano via Tokyo and I will make short trips to Matsumoto during the my stay at Nagano, does this sound good enough? I come from Singapore. Thanks.
Chuo Taxi Shuttle b/w Matsumoto and Tokyo’s Airports
Would anyone know how long will the journey take from Matsumoto to either Narita or Haneda with this shuttle service?
Also, what is their schedule?
Are they reliable?
Any other shuttle service between Matsumoto and Tokyo’s airports?
Alpico and Keio Bus b/w Matsumoto & Tokyo
Anyone know for sure whether these buses have toilet on board?
Is reservation required for these buses?
I mananaged to get Alpico Bus' English page for Matsumoto route's schedule but nothing else...
My wife and myself will travel from Tokyo to Matsumoto (via Nagano) by train. We want to stay in Matsumoto or nearby for three days, hire a car and explore the area, going to Kamikochi, the Alps and to Kiso Valley. Then we go to Kyoto by train.
Would be helpful to hear from someone who knows the area or traveled there. We would like to find some nice (not too expensive) accommodation in Matsumoto or in the area, as a base. We would also welcome some tips on what to see within this time limit. We'd like to do some walking trips, but no longer than a few hrs.
When I visited Matsumoto to see the amazing Crow Castle I also got a look at a very weird statue indeed. Two samurai frogs fighting a huge toad!
Anyone knows anything about it, please enlighten me!!!!!!!!!!! :O)