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.
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
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).
There were also a few sakura trees within the grounds.
I tried Kishimen noodles from the restaurant inside the shrine grounds.
There are a few quiet spots inside. Perfect for introspective meditation (what??).
10:08 am – Jingumae station
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).
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.
1:40 pm – Rest stop at Achi parking lot (10 minutes)
3:27 pm – Matsumoto bus terminal
I came across this on the way to the guesthouse.
4:18 pm – Backpackers Matsumoto no Yado guesthouse
I was having 2014 and 2015 spring trip deja vus. I stayed in a traditional house turned guesthouse.
Let’s get back to the common area. After the genkan (entry hall), you’ll see this:
Going through the sliding doors and turning right leads to the rooms and toilet and shower facilities.
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.
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.
10:36 pm – Back at guesthouse
10:57 pm – Work started
It went on until early the next day.