Monday 27 September 2010

27 September

An early start to catch the first of four trains to get us from Yao to Matsumoto, which is up in the Japan Alps. Tine and Nao seemed impressively awake, and so we dropped our bags, had some (Mexican!) lunch and headed to the beautiful, 400-year-old Matsumoto castle: photo at 14.56.  We then wandered some of the old streets of Matsumoto, before Nao gave up and went for a sleep and the rest of us went to relax at the beautiful Hot Plaza Asama onsen.  Dinner was absolutely delicious: a local speciality called basashi, which is raw horse meat.

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