Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Black Castle - Matsumoto

matsumoto castle

Being one of only a few original castles still left in Japan, mostly untouched by wars and natural disasters, Mastusmoto castle with its unique black style , has always been on my list to visit! We've been to a fair few castles in Japan (mostly reconstructions) and you can immediately feel the difference inside. It was freezing!

matsumoto castle
Matsumoto castle surrounded by water
Fish in the water around the castle

Its surprisingly well maintained on the inside, and because it's mostly original you don't find the typical souvenir shops at the top like with the other castles.  The inside is a bit of a tricky climb and definitely not for anyone with active injuries. The last few staircases are extremely steep and narrow. We went in winter so the surrounding areas were quite bleak but I think it will look really beautiful in spring time!

Matsumoto city in itself is also really nice. We like most of Nagano with its mountainous areas, don't know why but it just feels nice!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

While in Sapporo for Yuki matsuri we decided to make a day trip to Otaru for the light path festival there (Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi). It's a really nice town and the festival was very different from the snow festival in Sapporo so worth the trip!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Batteries 24/7

Need some batteries at midnight? Do not fear, the vending machine is here!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

Back in 2010 we tried to visit the ramen museum but it was closed on the only day that we could do it. So back in Japan now we tried again!

Despite some of the things I've read in reviews the museum is really well done. If you don't go looking for flaws and just have a good time it really transports you to a different era. At our first restaurant we ordered the big ramen by accident and even the mini version at the second shop was quite big so we only had 2 bowls. I see this as a good excuse to go again sometime!

"Mini" version