Saturday, June 8, 2013
Day 8: Matsumoto or Third Try's the Charm
Today I'm off to Matsumoto; another former castle town this time placed inland on an open plain nestled between the Japanese Northern Alps and Northern Mountain Ranges so pretty much anyway you look you're surrounded by mountains. We're here primarily to take another shot at seeing a castle keep proper but, being 3 hours out from Tokyo by train I'm going to kick off with lunch:
En-route I stop by the Timepiece Museum where there are some absolutely beautiful grandfather clocks on display amongst other things:
Also, the first castle where I'm able to see the inner keep largely as it was and it's a wonderful piece of interior woodcraft.
I spend a couple hours there chatting with a friendly tour guide before proceeding to the Kaichi School Museum:
It's another 3 hour trip to get home, so dinner tonight is pork ramen and, because it must be tried, what passes for poutine.
Tomorrow's forecast: sunny, chance of fish and wandering.
PS: best distracted driving poster ever.