The train trip from Tokyo to Matsumoto is one of the most surprisingly magical experiences I have had. You cruise on the “Wide View” train through mountain vistas and sweeping valley scenes. All for the price of standard commuter fare.
At the end you are rewarded with scenes that look like this:
Matsumoto remains one of my favourite cities in Japan.
Konnichiwa! If you’ve ever tried to learn Japanese, you’ve probably been taught the phrase “O-genki desu ka?” as the standard way to say “How are
Who is behind this site?
I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records.