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Spring has come and it is the season when the cherry blossoms bloom. Our regular volunteer guide services begin from April 14th.
How exciting it is for us to meet many foreign tourists!
Matsumoto Castle is one of the four Japanese Castle designated as national treasures, and it has many fascinating stories and facts surrounding the building and its history. The best way to fully enjoy Matsumoto Castle is to make use of our free guide tours and see it by yourself.
Seeing is believing.
Many spring events are held by the city authorities. We are looking forward to meeting with tourists from all over the world.
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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
E-mail : email@example.com
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