Jump on a train at Hakuba Station and head into Matsumoto for a great day out. Matsumoto is quite a beautiful city with a mix of history and modern living. The Castle is what makes it famous throughout Japan as it is listed as one of their National Treasures. Once you have made the pilgrimage there, you are within one of the main shopping and restaurant districts. There is a big choice of eating establishments and this week we stumbled onto Ikkyu which serves superb Japanese food. I can recommend the set lunch for 1890 yen however I enjoyed it so much I think I will lash out a little more next time and go for the 3150 yen one.