Matsudo Grand Hotel
Travel Blogs from Matsudo
Being Sunday all the guidebooks said go to the biggest flea markets near the Togo Shrine. Arrived at the Shrine to the sound of crickets. We made it to Yoyogi Park to be "guided" by members of the local peace movement. Saw the shrine, saw the weddings, and failed to see any goths! Takeshita Ave had lots of youth stalls, but no major alternate fashion parade as expected. Went for a search down main street ...
... on the weekends. Unfortunately, it was foggy, misting or raining for most of the day. We were glad to have our recently purchased umbrellas handy. We were also grateful that our free tour guide for the day, Satoshi, drove us around in his car and we didn't have to stand outside waiting for buses or walking from place to place.
We started our day by driving out to Lake Chuzenji. On the way we passed a famous red Japanese style bridge, Shin-kyo. Once at the lake, we continued ...
... in Japan. It is not known just for its height, but also for its perfect cone shape. When we got to station 5 we must admit, it was pretty. We must have been pretty high up because we could see clouds on the surrounding mountains that were at our same height. We also could clearly see the tree line on the mountain as climbers were heading out to go to the summit. Our guide kept saying over and over how lucky we were to see Mt. Fuji's peak since it is ...
... the train got more and more packed and we were getting shoved around as people got on and off. It was a good initiation to Tokyo! We eventually got to Shibuya and found our hotel. Mission accomplished.
We checked in and made our way to our room. I knew it was going to be small but we were both shocked when we walked in. It was a struggle to find enough floor space to put our luggage. After some Tetris we ...
... where her son was also performing that day. Watching this also dreamlike event folding has definitely been one of the highlights of the trip. People in traditional costumes using equipment dating from hundreds years back and still hitting the tiny targets seemed like marvel. The most amazing was the traditions and perfectly honed performance from entering the arena to greeting the judges and controlling emotions. Truly unique!
Other places to stay in Matsudo
2-120 Shin-Matsudo, Matsudo | Hotelfrom $65
888 Kamihongo, Matsudo | 3 star hotelfrom $68
63 Nemoto, Matsudo | Hotelfrom $77
2-122 Shinmatsudo, Matsudo | Hotelfrom $57
1225-5 Matsudo, Matsudo | Hotelfrom $79