Unagi no Matsuka (うなぎのまつか)

When you are in Matsumoto, never miss a chance to try this infamous Unagi (eel) restaurant just a few minutes from the station. Reservation is not allowed and seats are limited till they run out of Unagi for the day. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely worth it.

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Customers usually starts lining up outside the restaurant as early as 11:00 or before that just to get a seat. Y and I were very lucky to get one for ourselves and had a great time having our Unagi bowl with rice.

Hotel Review : Candela Guesthouse

Miss I found this place for us and since it was the cheapest we could find, why not.

It took us about 30 minutes from Matsumoto Station , thank goodness for GPS. My first impression ? What the heck is this place. I did not understand why the place looks really run-down till I saw their renovation album.

It seems that it was originally a warehouse( I think Miso warehouse) and some group of friends decided to renovate it from scratch on their own and turn it into the guest house as it is today. The place might not be a luxury hotel or guesthouse that you expect but it has the warmth of a home.

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I love their mini library on the side.

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Little lamps hanging all over the guesthouse.

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Our bunk bed. I bumped my head and my toe whenever I go to the toilet at night.

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The hall way.

The staff were very helpful and accommodating to our every guest. There is also a small kitchen where you can make your own meal. A small common bathroom and two common toilet for all guest.

There is also a common round table in the middle of the living room where everybody can hang out while having some drink or their meal.

Candela House might not have the best facilities but it surely feels like home.

Summer 2014: Hello again Yayoi

If you are a Yayoi Kusama fan, then you must not miss a visit to Mastumoto Museum and see her permanent collection.

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A big flower with lots of polka dot, as Yayoi can only do.

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The polka dot vending machine. Just for show though.

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It’s really huge.

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Want to take a seat ?

Summer 2014: A Glimpse of Matsumoto Castle

First of all Happy Happy New Year Everyone. I hope everybody had a great new year celebration, I will be posting about how I celebrated my new year later on but for now, let me continue about what I did last summer :).

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The next day, after visiting Kurobe Dam, Miss Y and I decided to check out Matsumoto Castle but unfortunately there was a 2 hours wait to get into the castle itself so we just took a short tour outside. Just like Osaka Castle, the fee is only required when you enter the main castle, so touring around the castle ground is free.

Let’s begin.

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The water lilies.

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Side View of the Castle.

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The Castle.

So when you are in Matsumoto City, make sure to include a short visit to the castle.

Summer 2014 : To Matsumoto We go !!!

It was Miss I who actually gave us the idea to visit Matsumoto as she had live there for several years. Since Y and I did not really have a definite plan for the summer , why not right ? 😀

So after our lunch at Nagoya Station, we boarded the train bound for Natsukagawa and from there change to another train for Matsumoto. It was about 3 hours train ride all the way to our final destination.

We both wanted to read and relax in the train but I think the excitement of seeing a new place is getting me all hyped, I can’t concentrate on reading. So taking pictures instead.

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A town we passed.

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Nakatsugawa Station. Took a short stroll outside to find some manhole 🙂

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Mountain and rice field.

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More mountains.

By late afternoon, we finally arrived in Matsumoto City. First thing first, we need to find our guesthouse, find an onsen and food. In that particular order.

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Naruto characters ?

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We are in Matsumoto !!

After we got settled in the guesthouse, we were able to borrow bicycle and it’s onsen time. Base on the guesthouse staff recommendation, we went to Menoyu(目之湯) in Asama Onsen. It was very hot and humid during our stroll in Nagoya, that the thought of soaking our very tired body is amazing. The temperature has cooled down significantly in Matsumoto and we had the rotenburo all to ourselves.

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Menoyu

After onsen, now its time to feed our tummy. Of course, when you are in Matsumoto, you have to try Soba or buckwheat noodles. The owner of the onsen, a nice old man, pointed us to a nearby place which is also a favorite among the locals there.

It was a soba feast. A few minutes later Y and I finished all our food.

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Soba Tempura.


Soba ( I forgot the name )

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The Soba Place.

Onsen, Dinner and adventure. It was a great day indeed. When we finally made back to to our guesthouse, both of us are ready for bed. As soon as my head hit the pillow I was out and the next thing I know , the sun was shining. A new day has started and of course a new adventure. 🙂