After stopping at Magome, we arrived at Kiso City. It’s a beautiful little city tucked in between a small valley with a river running through it. Because the valley is tight, the city basically climbs up the side of a mountain, making it a multi-level city.
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The water level in the river was pretty low, but rainy season has been over for a little over a week. In the spring or during rainy season, I have to imagine the river would rise quite dramatically compared to where it was when we got there.
That yellow building at the top of the first image, just behind the one with the blue roof, is a high school. The building with the blue roof is a gymnasium. Pretty cool. We came across several schools that would make perfect “anime schools”. Definitely some good views from the window seats on the top floor there.
There was one school that we drove by (hence no picture) that was across a bridge and surrounded by river on both sides, basically on an island. The school yard even stretched out from the school until it reached the fork where the two rivers meet. As close to being on an island as you can get for a school, probably. It was really cool, and we all thought “that’s totally gonna be in an anime one day”.
(Edit – I decided to take a look for it on Google Maps and found it! I had forgotten where it was but it’s actually right in Kiso City. Here’s the link to it in Google Maps. The high school in the picture I took is just to the southwest of this one, for reference).
The ryokan here had a small onsen but it was nice. Not much of a view but the open air part of the onsen was facing the river, so when we went at night we could feel some cool air while listening to the river.
From here, we moved onto our next destination – Matsumoto City.
But we stopped somewhere on the way, which you’ll see next post!
Until next time,
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