Hotel Abest Naganoekimae
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... The Japanese are absolutely lovely, cannot say enough about how welcoming and helpful they are. We grazed on local specialties including our new addiction the Oyari bun and of course had to have chestnut ice cream though it was pretty mild in flavour. Rod went on a mountain bike ride while I tried a variety of teas, one of which was quite awful (seaweed I think), and the other was dried Sakura flower which is cherry blossom, but not to ...
... Mt. Koshi. Traditional Japanese Onsen Hotel. Booked the private Onsen as not enough courage to expose private bits in the public baths. Very relaxing. Even Rod agreed to try it, which is pretty amazing as he usually will not step out of his comfort zone. Then off to dinner with Kerry and Gloria. They have travelled extensively and are really interesting and good company. So a few beers and glasses of sake before hitting bed for a good nights sleep. Damned Sake....headache ...
... br> After lunch, I went to the shop and bought some jam and then started to head back to the Inn. The sun was now out and the temperature was warmer. The ride back was just as gorgeous as yesterday's when I first rode to the Inn but the sun was lighting up the other side of the valley and the mountains above. It was a good day...no it was a great day. Just when you think it can't get any better, life throws you a loop and you sing all the way back to the Inn.
... and make my way to the inn for the night. When I told the tourism info office that I was staying at the Kanoe Inn above Togari Nozawaonsen, they were full of praise for this place as having good food and accommodations. They were not wrong! I had the best meal of my trip (a traditional Kaiseki multi-course one) so far in Japan which featured river salmon sashimi, chestnut rice, various local mountain vegetables, soba, eel and an extra ...
Walked to Matsumoto castle, an amazing old wooden castle, shoes off, and walked up the 6 levels. Some stairs were very steep, almost vertical. Beautiful manicured gardens. We had ice creams under the vine covered pergola, and then went to the Matsumoto city museum, small but interesting. All tired and hungry went to ...