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I travelled to Matsumoto with an old friend from university. On the first day of the trip, we visited Matsumoto Castle and walked around the streets of Matsumoto, tasting some local foods including basashi, sanzokuyaki and sansei, local sake. On the next day, we drove along Venus Line, stopping at Utsukushigahara Highland and Mt Kirigamine.
... we drove to a restaurant for lunch. Shigeyaka told us that they have the best coffee in all of Japan here. We had a hamburger lunch like we've never had before. It arrived on a tray with a hot sizzling cast iron pan in which there was a hamburger patty and sausages and onions in teriyaki sauce, some corn, rice, salad, and miso soup. It was really delicious. The coffee was served at the end of the meal and it was delicious. After we all raved about the coffee, Shigeyaka went ...
... because of its dark exterior. The structure is black and white and the main tower is linked with a couple of smaller towers, giving it a very majestic presence. While the castle was originally built for warfare, there were a couple of wings added during peacetime, with flower-style windows (kato) rather than the warrior windows (musha) windows on the first floor of the castle. Inside the flower-style windows are shutters to keep out ...
... by the hospitality he had received whilst in Japan so was considering maybe not going home just yet and volunteering around Japan for another couple of months, another one bitten by the Japan bug! I spent a couple of days doing the tourist thing around Nagano including Zenkoji temple which was more busy than usual as the temple was displaying the first Buddhist statue to be brought into Japan which only happens every 6 years, I also stumbled on a memorial service ...
Trekked through surrounding mountains of Yamanakako lake for 18km. Beautiful views over the lake, partly cloudy and quick rain shower on top of mountain. Height 1339m. Relaxed at hotel onsen at guest house that evening to rest the tired legs after the day of trekking. Supper in room - chicken katsu curry plus bubbly ...
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