I would like to guide you Matsumoto called little Kyoto. The typical scenic spots as the castle town of Matsumoto are the spectacular Matsumoto Castle, the Former Kaichi School, Timepiece Museum, Nawate dori shopping avenue with an old-style atomosphere, and Matsumoto City Museum of Art.
In front of Matsumoto Station
Typical Black Castle
old elementary school
interesting shopping street
Kusama Yayoi's works are displayed.
In front of Matsumoto Station
You can see the oldest fivefold, six-storied among existing donjons in ]apan. Inside the black castle, You see a multitude of ancient artifacts including various weapons and elaborate armors.
The former Kaichi School is one of the oldest elemetary schoools in japan. It is a mix of Japanese and Western styles of architecture, and remains a designated symbol of the Meiji Era civilization.
Nawate-dori Shopping avenue is also called a frog street. The street represents the image of about 400 yeard ago. The avenue is lined with nearly 50 toy, antique, mom-and-pop candy stores.
You enjoy watching old moving clocks in the Matsumoto Timepiece Museum.
In Matsumoto City Museum of Art, you can enjoy watching the works of Yayoi Kusama both outside and inside the museum. In particular the "Red Pumpkin" in Naoshima is very popular as her work.
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, dinner, entrance fee and the like
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Your transportation fee in Matsumoto city is not needed. The Entrance fee is 1,320yen per person.
Please use Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano and change trains to Matsumoto. It takes about 3 hours for 9,280 yen per person. You use JR train, so if you have a JR pass, you don't need to pay.
I would recommend you visit Takayama through Kamikochi.
Hideo was very knowledgeable, and provided us with a nice tour of Kanazawa. He was very prompt and arranged a car for us. His English was a little bit difficult to understand, but overall he was a good guide.
Thank you for joining my Kanazawa tour. I enjoyed guiding you Kanazawa tour, and we had a wonderful time in Kenrokuen Garden, Higashichaya, Oyama shrine, and Samurai house. Luckily not so hot day it was nice walking. Best wishes for continuing good health and success.
He guided 16 people and helped us every steps of tour. He guided very well. He made my dream came true. He is very special for my life…..
I'm very glad to have your excellent review. We visited Kumano Sanzan, one of the World Cultural Heritage sites in Japan. The main scenic spot was Nachi Waterfall with a height of 133 meters, the longest dropping waterfall in Japan. We could see the water flowing down swiftly to the basin. Furthermore we visited three main shrines such as Kumano Nachi Taisha, Kumano Hongu Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha using micro bus. I wish you and all your family good health and happiness. I hope to see you again.
I had an excellent Koyasan day trip with Hideo. I always had an interest in exploring Japanese Buddhism so I was happy that he was able to accommodate my request and we were able to visit their important sites there. He was very kind, knowledgable and flexible in arranging alternative transport despite the train line suspension due to the recent flooding. I will be sure to use his service again when visit Osaka and Koyasan area.
I'm very happy to receive your message. We visited Kongobuji Temple, Danjogaran, and Okunoin, We could see Mandara stereographically in Konpon Daito and a lot of popular samurai graves in the Okunoin. You are the first foreigner who have known Japanese popular samurais and history very well. I wish you all the best in the future. I look forward to seeing you again.
We have used in various cities worldwide private tour guides but Hideo Y. ranks definitly under the top 3! In preparation of our trip I had a few conversations with him about the schedule and he always replied swift and gave precise answers pr proposals. So before arriving in Matsue we had an itinerary which was designed to fit our time schedule (pick-up at hotel and send us to Izumo airport at the end) for approx. 8hrs. He was on time and gave us first a timetable for the day (including bus costs - very important as you need to have exact amount available when getting on a bus!), maps with our tour and further info to remember our tour! Very well prepared. During our tour he new all details of the various spots and linked information from one spot to the other, so we got a very good understanding about the local history. We only can highly recommend him for English spoken groups!
I'm very glad to receive your excellent review. I'm very honored that I'm one of the top 3 guides accrding to your judge. My dream is to guide all the prefectures. For now I guided 24 prefectures, about the half of them. In the future I would like to continue to get the local information and prepare the tour. Thank you.