Day 9 Today we travel by express and local trains to the historic castle town of Matsumoto. Enroute, we visit the medieval village of Tsumago that has changed little from its heyday as a post town in the Edo period. Those who wish can visit the impressive Matsumoto castle (optional). Founded in 1504, this castle is one of the two best preserved in Japan, most others having been destroyed following the Meiji Restoration.
Caernarfon Castle: Edward I Plantagenet of England and his Castles. Edward I, built a formidable iron ring of castles, a days march from apart, to defend his aquisitions from Welsh rebellion. Subsequent to Edward's first Welserrected the castles of Flint, Rhuddlan, Builth Wells and Aberystwth. After the failure of Llywelyn's second uprising in 1282, the Iron Ring was extended to include castles at Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris. Source: English Monarchs'