A few days in the Japanese Alps
After a few days in the metropolis that is Tokyo, it was time to venture out and see the magnificent countryside, heading westwards towards the Japanese Alps.
My day began taking a local train to Matsumoto for a brief stop to visit the ““Crow Castle” for its distinctive black walls, surrounded by an impressive moat. It was so well preserved and was quite a sight with the early stages of blooming cherry blossoms nearby and the snow-capped Alps in the background.
From here we took a bus bound for Takayama, following windy roads through the mountainous heart of Honshu. There was more and more evidence of the end of winter with so much snow around, it was like a winter wonderland – just beautiful.
After arriving early evening in Takayama, I planned the day ahead to explore the old town area.
I spent much of my time wandering through the narrow streets of its Sanmachi Suji historic district, lined with quaint wooden houses and little stores selling local handcrafts & delicacies.
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