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On our way to America we had an 11 hour stop over in Japan. The boys and I thought we'd get a visa for the day and go for a look around Japan. The speed train took us directly to the city from Narito airport which was roughly an hour away. The train ride was a bit expensive setting us back about $100 AUS each but very much worth the experience, not many people can say they have experienced sushi in ...
We've spent one night in Matsumoto, at a nice little hostel that gave us bikes for free! So we explored Matsumoto, which is not very big and very "bike-friendly", and visited Matsumoto Castle. It is the oldest castle in Japan and one of the four National Treasures of Japan. It is definitely impressive! We went up to the sixth floor on very steep staircases, with a nice Japanese tour ...
... fruits covered with bags. On closer inspection, these turned out to be quince.
We decided to try and find the disappearing waterfall so drove aroung the edge. Near the barrage we spotted in the water a metal structure with lights. Suddenly it came on and a fountain arose.
On the way back we ignored the satnav which is obsessed with directing us onto toll routes. We made our way on A roads which ...
... fighting a frog, which was a float to be carried at festivals. There was also a shrine dedicated to frogs.
From there we made it to Matsumoto Castle, the oldest surving donjon of its type and era. It is sometimes known as the Crow Castle due to its colour. It was very eyecatching. On the outside it appears to have five floors but there is a hidden floor between the second and third layers.
Some of the staircases were ...
... was already nearing 2 o'clock when we reached Tateyama railway station and getting up to Murodo would take over an hour. When we got there the main attraction were still 15 minutes walk away. Luckily the last bus back was at 4.30 so we had an hour and a half to explore. There was a lake in a volcanic crater called Mikuriga-ike with very clear water.
Already we could smell the sulphur in the air. We walked to what is called ...
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