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Here at Matsumoto autumn has gone and winter is drawing near. Colored leaves have fallen and snowcapped mountain ranges of Northern Japan Alps can be seen from the castle compound. A gust of wintry wind has blown through the two donjon towers. Morning and evening air has turned chilly from cool.
Our daily free castle guide tours in English are not available during the winter season from early November to the middle of April. However, if you contact us in advance, we will do our best to serve you.
Two of the annual events are coming up soon at Matsumoto Castle. On January 3rd New Year Open Gate Ceremony will be held. The 28th Ice Sculpture Festival is scheduled on January 25th and 26th. At the central part of Matsumoto City there will be Candy Market on January 11th and 12th. This market originates from the Salt Market of 440 years ago.
So if you are planning to make a skiing trip to Hakuba area, why don’t you drop in at Matsumoto on the way?
Wishing you all the best for the holiday season and for the new year of 2014.
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ALSAとは About us
What is ALSA? ALSA stands for Alps Language Service Association,
a non-profit organization of volunteers in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture.
Its purpose is to provide opportunities for friendly exchanges between the
people of Nagano and overseas visitors.
We offer you voluntary language services such as interpretation, translation and others. We wish that we could contribute to international goodwill and friendship through these services.
The city developed as a castle town during the Warring States period.The castle, designated a National Treasure, was built in the 16th century and has kept its original form to the present. From the top of the main tower, you can see the awe- inspiring mountain ranges of the Japan Alps.
The Ukiyoe Museum is also a must for those who are interested in Japanese arts and every day life in old Japan. It is situated in the suburbs of the city and exhibits colorful wood-block prints which developed from the 16th century through the 19th century.
How would you like to visit this fascinating city? When you come to Matsumoto,
please get in touch with ALSA. ALSA will make your visit here much more special
and enjoyable.We have 101 registered volunteer guides (as of 1/4/2013)
and interpreters who have a fluent command of English. When you happen to come to
Matsumoto, we will guide you on a tour of Matsumoto Area.
We will guide you on a tour of the sights in and around Matsumoto. In 2012
we gave guided tours of Matsumoto Castle to about thirty five hundred travelers
from fifty different countries. Of course, it’s all free of charge.
We will also help you with nonprofit public events. Since 1994 we have played an active
role in many international conferences as tour guides and interpreters.
If you have the chance, please contact our office.
Alps Language Service Association
c/o Mr Hiroshi Takayama
Matsumoto-City,Nagano-Pre 390-0851, Japan
TEL / FAX 0263-47-3454
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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