2016 Japan fall trip (day 2)

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November 28
7:07 am – Got up

8:16 am – Checked out
It was just as cold as the previous day and yet I was still on shorts and t-shirt. I had the jacket in the bag though.

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おはよう, Nagoya

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Colorful trees along the street

8:40 am – Meitetsu-Nagoya station
I sure stick out like a sore thumb. Everyone else was wearing warm clothing.

8:47 am – Jingumae station
I could not take the cold anymore. I finally put on the jacket.

8:55 am – Atsuta Jingu Shrine

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The colors at the entrance

How I got there: I took the Meitetsu Nagoya line from Nagoya station to Jingumae station (less than 10 minutes, 230JPY) and went in through the east entrance.

Admission: There’s none.

The grounds have no opening and closing times but I believe the omikuji shops open at a specific time, not sure what though (probably around 9).

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Almost leaf-less trees

There were also a few sakura trees within the grounds.

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LED light-wrapped sakura tree

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A very vibrant yellow tree along the way

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The grounds near the shrine buildings

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Few people, lots of green

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The main shrine building

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A quiet walk within the grounds

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~Whistling~

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This might be the west entrance

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Nice place to take a break

I tried Kishimen noodles from the restaurant inside the shrine grounds.

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It’s like vegetarian ramen

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Pretty

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Prettier

There are a few quiet spots inside. Perfect for introspective meditation (what??).

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Another beautiful scenery to admire

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Here, kitty, kitty, kitty

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Torii gate at the east entrance

10:08 am – Jingumae station

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Overpass connecting the station and the shrine

10:19 am – Meitetsu-Nagoya station

11:02 am – Bought a data sim card
I bought a Freetel sim card instead of the Iijmio one from the giant BIC camera store near Nagoya station. The Freetel one has 2Gb for 30 days worth 3002JPY (tax included).

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BIC camera store near Nagoya station

11:24 am – Meitetsu bus center
The plan was to go to Matsumoto via bus. I came a bit early and waited at the bus station.

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40 minutes before my bus departs

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Cheaper than going by train

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The bus passed by a spiral building on the way out of Nagoya city

1:40 pm – Rest stop at Achi parking lot (10 minutes)

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Are those the Japanese alps?

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View from the moving bus

3:27 pm – Matsumoto bus terminal
I came across this on the way to the guesthouse.

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Matsumoto city manhole design

4:18 pm – Backpackers Matsumoto no Yado guesthouse

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Home sweet home (for two nights)

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The guesthouse was very near the castle

I was having 2014 and 2015 spring trip deja vus. I stayed in a traditional house turned guesthouse.

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I picked the futon nearest the heater

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My other two choices

Let’s get back to the common area. After the genkan (entry hall), you’ll see this:

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A kotatsu!

Going through the sliding doors and turning right leads to the rooms and toilet and shower facilities.

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Cozy

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The kitchen is on the left

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Can you find the cranes?

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A sewing machine

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The castle was visible from the window

6:26 pm – Home alone
It felt like I was the only one there as I had no idea where the person who greeted me had gone to. Maybe there’s a hidden room that wasn’t part of the initial tour or something.

7:18 pm – Bummer
Welp, I learned that I had to work to support a client activity at midnight PH time. The following day’s plans would have to be adjusted.

9:41 pm – Went out

I had a little over three hours to kill so I went out in the cold and took a few laps around Matsumoto castle.

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Illuminated Matsumoto castle

At exactly 10pm, the lights illuminating the castle were turned off except for the ones on the west side. It was then that I decided to hit the convenience store to buy some food for the all-nighter.

Oh and before I forget, I was also on a mission to catch a Farfetch’d (Pokemon GO) while in Japan. So even though it was cold, I was still out and about.

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Matsumoto castle loop

10:36 pm – Back at guesthouse

10:57 pm – Work started
It went on until early the next day.


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