Quick record of the last few days. Haven't been able to blog because we stayed in a modern hotel in Matsumoto and of course this meant that we couldn't get wifi access. But Matsumoto ended up another great part of the trip..the Castle on the first afternoon, out to a museum of block prints and a wasabe farm the next day, and a day trip to Kamikochi up in the mountins on our last day. Also tried soba noodles the first night followed by Italian Japanese style at another restaurant where the menu was in Japanese and nobody spoke english. Always good fun to see what we actually ordered...this time a simple tomato based cheesy pasta and an oyster and bacon pasta with olive oil sauce as well as garlic..good choice! Now in Tsumago in the Kiso valley where we just finished a traditional Japanese meal..lots of courses, local specialities. Will fill in details later when I get more time. The holiday is suddenly coming to the end very quickly though.