Our Japan Journey November 8th 2011 Day 5
This morning we got up early and walked down to Matsumoto Castle. It's a beautiful castle and the inside is a little like a museum with information panels (in English and Japanese) and all sorts of artifacts on display. The view from the windows at the top is breathtaking as it looks out over the city of Matsumoto and across to the Japanese Alps.
We returned to the hotel and had th ... read more
Asia » Japan » Nagano » Matsumoto In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more