Naked Baths in the Mountains

Trip Start Jun 12, 2006
Trip End Jul 01, 2007

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

So the travel begins again. Because of the lack of rail pass I have decided to get up early and travel using local trains...bit of a challenge as no announcements are in English, so I continually have to look at which stops I am at and if I am going in the right direction.

I double backed on myself traveling back West towards Hiroshima, but stopping at Himeji for the most famous castle in the country and one of my high lights of Japan. I remember seeing this place on a BBC documentary and it didn't disappoint.

After dropping my back pack off in a locker at the station I walk the short distance to the large white wooden castle. These places are built to with stand any attack, small passages, hidden rooms and whole design of the building is unique to anything I have so far seen on my travels.

A one hour walk around, up the narrow stairs and stone walks ways, a quick chill on the grass outside then I got on a bullet train for Nagoya. Then more local travel up to Matsumoto.

When I arrived at the hostel, the place was surprisingly empty, only one Japanese bloke for company and in the end it was a good night. Drawing pictures and pointing at things to communicate, we ended up at a local Onsen (hot spring) for a bath. A whole new experience as an old lady knits I stripped and sat on a small stool cleaning myself, then jumping naked into a boiling ht bath with all the locals..bit bizarre. Then cheap and great food at a local place.

A great day
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