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Stark with moat and a red bridge. This is the Matsumoto-jo, also known as the crow castle. Coincidently, tons of big (fat) crows can be spotted in the vicinity. The dark colour comes from a combination of wood and stone.

Matsumoto castle is an original keep from 1500s! It is only damaged by earthquake and neglect (was tilting like Pisa), but it is all good now. It is listed as a national treasure of Japan. Madness to think that at some stage the Japanese considered demolition.

There are only 12 original castles in Japan:

This place is where everyone gets to climb on all four, zipline through the forest and unleash that inner jungle self. They do have some Ninja Warrior style routes as well. From a parent’s perspective, there is how to pacify the kids. Work excellently, by the way. Tried and tested. Here is a quick summary so that you know what you’re in for.

Favourite quote

一期一会 (ichigo ichie)

One opportunity, one time.

Japanese Kotowaza / proverb

Travel for less, this is a how to bargain hunt type of post. I am a huge fan of “value for money” when it comes to travel. Leisure should never break the bank or be poor value for money. The below is what I do for sorting out my trips with travel for less in mind. 7 tips from me 😉

Besides the regular a la carte, on the menu… the chef can cook anything (LOVE & SHOUTOUT!!!). I love restaurants with this level of confidence. I have been to this restaurant multiple times. This Bangladeshi restaurant rocks! I guess I really should share this.