I began my Japan Rail Pass today with a sleek, fast train from Tokyo to Matsumoto, a small town nestled in the “Japanese Alps.” To be sure, the scenery outside the train often looked European, Norwegian even, and the town turns to be a center of Western classical music, theater, and fine art. The local draw is its castle, but that didn’t take long to walk around.

I found a lovely small vegan restaurant, no small feat in a place know for horsemeat sashimi, but after that, I sat on a bench and read an Irish mystery.

Here are some photos. Enjoy!

Live all you can. It’s a mistake not to.

6 thoughts on “Matsumoto”

  1. My Fav Castle in Japan! Kyoto has a small shop/ restaurant in Gion Area that has pickled sushi 🍣 soo delicious! Vegan! Arigato!


  2. First thing I do in the morning is check to see what you have posted when you are traveling. You take such beautiful photos – They always make me smile. Enjoy the rest of your trip.


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