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Travel Blogs from Iida
Matsumoto Day Two
Day trip from Matsumoto to Hakuba
Alistair: House mate, friend and Anime enthusiast, with three prior visits to Japan under his belt, his sound understanding of Nihongo (Japanese Language) made him the Japanese Master.
David: My other friend and house mate who was far too tall for Japan, David was destined to hit his head on every low doorway. Dave's love of Shinkansen (bullet trains) had ...
... scenes unless it's the anniversary of the battle. What you do get is a feeling of peace and tranquility. This is a quiet town with only small banners as a reminder that it was here that Japan's future changed from several warring states to a unified country.
Hahaha ok I'm stopping now before I turn this into an abstract for a dissertation. Next and last stop is Tokyo with Disney and Mt. Fuji as well.
... really not that complicated. First, we needed to take the Shinkansen--that's the bullet-train--to Nagoya, then transfer to an express, and then transfer to a local for the last fifteen minutes. The local was two cars, but basically its a subway with handholds. This dropped us about 2 miles from Tsumago. Only in Japan can you take a subway train to within 2 miles of some place that is basically the middle of nowhere.
... tree justice but you get the idea. Around the tree there is a shrine and housing for the resident shinto monk. The shrine itself is simple but classic in its Japanese feel except for the somewhat unique statues that guard the temple. Instead of the traditional fox, the statues here represent wolves, a symbol of protection from wild boar and deer that often ravage fields even today. For farmers the wolf was one of the most important shrine symbols and ...