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We travel via Matsumoto Castle to lake Kawaguchi. This castle is more than 400 years old and is one of the finest and best preserved in Japan. The next two days we will be staying at a lovely hotel overlooking lake Kawaguchi an a view of Mount Fuji. Here we get to relax in the hot springs, have a massage or just relax before we leave for bustling ...
... just half way through.
We drove back whilst looking for a restaurant to have a late lunch. In the end, we found a little restaurant which served soba (buckwheat) noodles with tempura. Shigeki opted for cold noodles dipped in soy sauce whereas the rest of us preferred the hot variety with soup.
Another hour or so later, Shigeki stopped at a truck stop for a break. This is nothing like what we have at home. It is huge with ...
... a tourist bureau that facilitated my lack of Japanese language skills and decided to hike to Hippo pond. It was a 30 minute walk to the gondola which would take us to the trail head, then a 90 minute hike to the pond. We would then take chair lifts half way up the mountain to begin our hike.
As mentioned in yesterday's blog entry, Hakuba is situated in Nagano prefecture, which hosted the 1998 Olympics. As we walked towards the ...
... 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.