We left our Ryokan, after experiencing hot family baths like a real Japanese family … although the room was freezing. We had eaten (or attempted to eat) only traditional food, no alcohol – just green tea, and slept on futons in the room with sliding paper walls. We had visited Toyama and the castle there. However, we were ready to move to the next leg which was Matsumoto.
Matsumoto is a lovely place – very friendly. Our accommodation messed up our booking a bit. We ended up in one room, which meant sharing a bed with Seamus again, but it was a clean and comfortable place and a chance to catch up on laundry even though the electrics leave a bit to chance.
We had the opportunity to use the family bath, although it was quite hot! We then blew all the detoxing properties of the last place by hitting an Irish bar for Guinness and chips. Other nights saw us in the equivalent of a Japanese Tapas bar, with a helpful waiter trying to help us keep meat free, Mr Donut and a great Chinese place. At least the many fresh springs and wells had a nod to good health and kept us hydrated.
We visited Matsumoto Castle and saw a little blossom…finally! The weather is cold, we’ve had snow in the evening, so we are still making good us of our winter clothes.
We took a trip to the spa Onsen baths. I took the girls and Seamus went with Daddy to join the big boys as it is separated by gender. As before, we followed the rules and etiquette and joined the naked bathers … even the outside bit, brrrr. Thankfully, we have no photos to upload!
We liked Matsumoto as it had a nice feel about the place. However, after 3 days we’re moving on. Rather than too much city life, we have sacrificed Tokyo for Kawaguchiko to be near Mt Fuji, if nothing else it will give Orla an opportunity to retell us her volcano facts.