A tiny and rather inconspicuous Shinto shrine in Matsumoto, Yohashira is an all-wooden structure and is home to fascinating stone sculptures of mighty lions and warrior frogs. Apart from being a striking religious site that attracts both tourists and locals in large numbers, Yohashira is also a good place to buy pretty souvenirs that will serve as reminders of your trip to Matsumoto. It is only a few minutes away from the Castle and is adjacent to Nawate Dori.Getting There:The JR Azusa Limited Express will bring you from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station to Matsumoto in around 2.5 hours. Expect to pay 7000 Yen for a reserved seat. Local trains along the Chuo Line are definitely cheaper but a lot longer with several transfers. Alternatively, 2 hour long local trains along the Oito Line connect Matsumoto and Hakuba.