2016 Japan fall trip (day 4)

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November 30

4:42 am – Got up
I was actually awake earlier than that. I heard sounds from someone setting up a futon beside me. I was still able to sleep for a few more minutes before I heard loud snoring.

6:35 am – Checked out
Sort of. Everyone was still sleeping, so…

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Tiled street on the way to Matsumoto station

7:03 am – Matsumoto station

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A cold cloudy morning

7:41 am – Matsumoto station to Nagiso station
The plan was to hike the Tsumago-Magome trail. The first part was taking the train from Matsumoto station to Nagiso station.

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Train to Nagiso station

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Snow-capped mountains seen from the train

9:53 am – Nagiso station
Next step was hopping on a bus to Tsumago. Here’s a link to the timetable.

10:14 am – Tsumago

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Tsumago town  map

10:20 am – Hike to Magome
It was a beautiful, sunny day. Could not ask for anything more in terms of the weather.

I passed by a few old-looking houses, farmlands, a bunch of tall trees, a few anti-bear bells and lots of greenery.

The whole trail is a mixed bag of dirt roads, asphalts, stone pavements, and tiled paths. It is well maintained and marked with signs in both Japanese and English.

I was particularly happy about the walking sticks that can be borrowed (and returned) along the trail. I mean, the hike wasn’t that difficult that you’ll need it but it was nice to have one.

It took me around four hours, including a few snack and photo breaks.

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There’s a surprise after this alley…

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…ta-daa

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Do an about-face and you’ll see this

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Elliptical tiny trees

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Just branches…

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My house (I wish)

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I did not go up there

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Its like I went back in time

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Time for some green

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Turn right here

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Here starts the stone path…

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…snaking its way through the trees

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Nope, not a zipline

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Lots more tall trees

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A tiny river

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Written on the rock: Nakasendo

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Yep, a bear warning

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What’s this called?

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Some parts of the trail intersect roads

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There’s a viewing point before arriving at Magome

2:02 pm – Magome

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Welcome to Magome

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I will always remember those umbrellas

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Where is everybody?

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This is old town Magome

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Hi there fellow tourists

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Where’d everyone go again?

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It’s the second one that day

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Flowery manhole design

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The trail ends here

To get to Nagoya, I took another bus to Nakatsugawa (bus timetables are at the same link above) and a train from Nakatsugawa station to Nagoya station.

3:21 pm – Nakatsugawa station

5:19 pm – Nagoya station
Can’t remember if I’ve taken a picture of Nagoya’s manhole design before but here it is.

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A smiling spider?

5:45 pm – Guesthouse Wasabi Nagoya Ekimae
The claustrophobia experiment continues…

7:31 pm – Dinner
I had a hankering for some ramen.

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It was supposed to be a candid shot, but whatever…

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The spiral building from two days ago

8:38 pm – At guesthouse
Explored near Nagoya station for a bit before going back to do laundry.

11:36 pm – Finished laundry

12:29 am – Sleep
It took a long time to move files, tidy up and charge everything.


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