Trip Start May 20, 2012
29Trip End Sep 04, 2012
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We arrived to be greeted by a very nice host in a beautiful mountain town. It was the opposite of Tokyo and Kyoto - small buildings, not too many people, hardly any traffic! We stayed at place that was called a Ryokan. It was very spacious and we had a terrific view outside. Our hosts were super kind, they even picked us up by car from the train station!
We visited the town castle, supposedly the oldest wooden castle in Japan
Another amazing Matsumoto experience awaited us at the castle: a FREE, personal, english language tour! The castle was quite beautiful and it was fun to climb all the way to the top.
We visited an art museum with some wild sculptures by an avant garde artist, apparently she has polka dot hallucinations. The museum had a wonderful courtyard filled with giant polka dotted flower sculptures, sort of like a Dr Seuss creation but less cuddly for sure!
Matumoto was quite relaxing, really, and it came at a good time in the trip because our next stop will be CHINA!