April 30 - Tokyo, Matsumoto
Anke's alarm clock rang at 5:30 and she left for the Airport at 5:50. She had to walk about 15 minutes to Ueno Park Station and from there she took the NEX (= Narita Express) to the Airport (the day before she had already bought the ticket). I was a little bit sad when she left because we had a really good time together and this "saying goodbye thing" I don't like at all.
So I used the opportunity to talk with Christoph via Skype from 6:00 to 6:30 and when I checked my comments on facebook I saw that Naomi had posted me a message: She would pick me up at 10:00 in the lobby of my hostel. (now our travel plans were fixed, she had booked the hotel the night before:-).
After checking my messages I went back to bed again til 08:15 and checked out at 09:45. For breakfast I asked the receptionist about the nearest convenient store. There I bought my breakfast and ate in the common room of the hotel. While I was eating I met two guys from Korea, Klara and her friend and it was pleasant to have company while eating. At 10:30 Naomi picked me up and we were walking to Ueno Station. It was a cloudy day but not to hot and not to cold either, actually we had perfect weather conditions regarding my cold:-) I was still feeling tired and weak but the sore thorat was gone and now I was suffering from a stuffed nose. Nevertheless the "day off" I had taken the day before had helped a lot and I was already feeling much better than the previous day. Naomi had decided that it would be the best for me to spend some time in the nature to recover soon. Our destinations would be Matsumoto, Kamikouchi and the Japanese Alpes and she called our trip "the noodle trip":-), because we were supposed to eat a lot of noodles for which this area is famous for.
At Ueno Station we bought our tickets and took the train at 12:00. On the way to our first destination "Matsumoto" we got off at Kofu for lunch to eat special noodles called "Houtou" over there.
|Houtou noodles in Kofu|
|Naomi standing in the middle of the shopping street in Matsumoto|
|Naomi and I in front of the Black Castle "Matsumoto Castle"|
|Matsumoto Castle at night|
|Naomi at the restaurant|
|me drinking cocktail (alcohol) to get rid of my bacteria|
|the best beef ever!|
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a convenient store, bought our breakfastthere before we went to bed. It was a very nice evening and even though we were already lying in the bed we kept talking til 1:00.
This night I had a really good and deep sleep!