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On our way to America we had an 11 hour stop over in Japan. The boys and I thought we'd get a visa for the day and go for a look around Japan. The speed train took us directly to the city from Narito airport which was roughly an hour away. The train ride was a bit expensive setting us back about $100 AUS each but very much worth the experience, not many people can say they have experienced sushi in ...
We've spent one night in Matsumoto, at a nice little hostel that gave us bikes for free! So we explored Matsumoto, which is not very big and very "bike-friendly", and visited Matsumoto Castle. It is the oldest castle in Japan and one of the four National Treasures of Japan. It is definitely impressive! We went up to the sixth floor on very steep staircases, with a nice Japanese tour ...
... found the Suwako geyser but suspected it might not be as natural as we hoped as it had a sign telling folk when it would erupt.
Whilst we waited for the next eruption we could see what looked like a waterfall across the other side of the lake. We were a bit bemused when it seemed to stop and disappear.
Approaching 12:30 other people showed up and an announcement over a tannoy told us the geyser was ...
... Howvwer we were grateful he told us it was fish stock as we didn't want bad tummies again.
Still raining, we found a steak and pasta restaurant and ordered dinner. Towards the end of dinner a gentleman came and asked us in impeccable English if he could help us in any way. He explained he was the septagarian owner and had been born upstairs. He was a real gent.
Still tipping down we made it back to the hotel.
... free to do as I want to....and enjoy what's left of my future life."
Aunt Chiekie's memories, "My Life as an American Nissei in Tokyo, Japan
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