A&E on the World Heritage Train East 2009 travel blog

Matsumoto book shop

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Japanese comic police car

Who knows?

Some Buddhist bloke!


We are heading for the Nakasendo, one of the many old roads through Japan, made famous by Hiroshige and Hokusai in their prints. First off to Matsumoto in a few minutes, and its still raining!

We splashed through the pouring rain to the station, where we got a bus to Kofu, then a train to Matsumoto, all through some pretty nice Alpine scenery, the rain gradually lessening as we went. By the time we got to Matsumoto the rain had stopped at last! We booked into our new hotel, had some lunch and then went to the local Castle, called Crow Castle becuase its black. It`s the oldest original wooden castle in Japan and was fabulous; very attractive, interesting and atmospheric. Like a lot of the places we`ve been, Matsumoto also has an area of old buildings that are largely now cafes, galleries and craft shops. We wandered around these a bit, did a little shopping and then called it a day.

Matsumoto is also famous for horse meat. The place we ate tonight did have raw Dobbin on the menu, a snip at only 500 yen (about four quid). Erica had salad and chips (Option A in her diet here, Option B being rice amd soy sauce). I prefer my Neddie properly cooked, so I passed up this opportunity and had Korean bibimbap, for old time`s sake as it were.



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