This was a great surprise. We were looking for a couple of stops to break up the Tokyo to Hiroshima journey. We did a little bit of searching and booked a night in Matsumoto. Unfortunately, all of the other places we looked at for the security be were booked up. So we opted for a second night in Matsumoto and what a good decision that was.
We were picked up from the station by the charming people from our hotel who pointed out the sights of the town. She also mentioned that it was the first night of the blossom festival. This is where the castle is floodlit, with music, food, tea ceremonies and blossom.
More about the castle in the next post as it is a rare example of a proper old castle rather than a 1960s built copy. Above you can see traditional Japanese music being played from the left hand balcony.
Below, is that not just what you think imagined a Japanese castle to be with the bridge, blossom and moat?
Then, once we'd had our fill of the castle at night we had the blossoms to look forward to and then both of them to look at in cold (well lovely and warm actually) light of day.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.