5:50 am – Work ended
It took a lot longer than I expected.
6:12 am – Went to bed
10:47 am – Got up
Around 5 hours of sleep was enough. If I was back home I would’ve slept until late in the afternoon.
12:09 pm – Off we go
I was still tired but it was a beautiful morning.
12:19 pm – Matsumoto castle
How I got there: I just walked for a few minutes since the guesthouse was very near. It’s also just less than a 20-minute walk from Matsumoto station.
Admission: The park grounds are free to roam but the inner area where the castle stands costs 610JPY to enter.
They are open from 8:30 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon. You can still get in until 4:30.
I roamed the east area before going to see the castle’s inside.
There was an open area on the east side with few small inscriptions scattered around. I didn’t go further because the place might have been off limits…
…besides, there was also this.
Moving on to the inner grounds.
As usual, shoes weren’t allowed to be worn inside. Visitors were to put shoes in plastic bags while inside. It’s a little bit different from other places where shoes were left on shelves near the entrance.
Everything inside was made of wood. And a little bit slippery for sock-wearing visitors.
There was a ‘hidden’ floor inside where supplies were stored back in the day.
The next four images were taken from the castle’s top floor. It’s just that I forgot to note which one is from which direction. I probably started on the East going clockwise.
What’s ironic is that there was an image of what can be seen from which direction right above each of the four windows.
The castle has a moon viewing wing. Cool.
2:10 pm – Off to Nakamachi
I passed by the Timepiece museum on the way to Nakamachi.
I was also looking for a coin laundry place. Wasn’t able to find any though. It was either I wasn’t paying much attention or was too busy admiring something else.
Just head south from Matsumoto castle. It’s the street on the left just a few meters after crossing the bridge. You can’t miss it.
The whole street is full of shops.
I kept walking until I reached the intersection at 1 Chome-5-6 Agata and turned right.
After a few more meters, I turned right again towards Matsumoto station.
I passed by Matsumoto City Museum of Art on the way to Matsumoto station.
Here’s the whole walking trip I did.
When I got to the station, a couple of missionaries approached me and chatted me up a bit. You know, the ones I sometimes see down here dressed impeccably with name tags and they always go in pairs.
No, it wasn’t about religion or anything. It was just basically a hi-hello-how are you?-do you live here? type of chat. It was kinda fun actually. They even asked around for a coin laundry place.
4:29 pm – Matsumoto castle
I looked up the sunset time for that day, it was at 4:34 pm (it gets dark up there really early).
I should have waited a bit longer but I was still nowhere near getting used to the cold. It gets especially colder when I stay still.
5:02 pm – At guesthouse
7:02 pm – Another lap around Matsumoto castle
After resting for a bit, I decided to visit the castle once again.
7:41 pm – At guesthouse
9:10 pm – Sleep
In case anyone was wondering, the original plan was to visit the wasabi farm in Azumino in the morning before the castle. But since I was up the previous night, I did not push through with the farm visit. I still want to go though. Maybe some other time.