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Travel Blogs from Yura-cho
... of exams and have to do an English speaking oral that I am helping out with, but at the end of this week I am catching up with a good friend who is visiting from Australia!
In Japan, it is not banned to smoke in some restaurants/public places but you will often see "smoking rooms" where the people have to go into to smoke.
Hope all is well with you guys!
Peace out xx
... to a photo stop of Engetsu-to Island to catch the sunset through the hole eroded in the centre.
Back home we all settled in to our roles. Kids did their homework before playing with us. Yumi worked away on dinner (took me a couple of days before she'd let me help) and Hiraoki came home from work. Our evenings were very pleasant with all of us going to bed early.
Now back to the Kumano Kodo. Yumi drove us to Takijiri-oji where we began ...
... had soba and grilled river trout and was treated to cookies by the super nice staff while I waited for the bus back to Oboke. Then There was a boat ride and a mega walk up a hill with creepy ghost statues, chatty oba sans that gave me candy and I even saw a tanuki! Then onsen at the hotel and back for a giant vegan dinner. Now that I am just getting my bearings and remembering more Japanese it is time to go. ...
... wisdom and leave all else behind.
After the morning service, we enjoyed a wonderful vegetarian breakfast in the beautiful, traditionally decorated dining room (full of the wonderful folding screens that we love so much), then a little more time in our lovely room to relax before heading off on the first day of our Kumano Kodo spiritual pilgrimage hike.
The Kumano Kodo trail is nearly 1,200 years old, and was very popular with the nobility ...
... ark, except our thrill wasnt accompanied by a pit of snakes. Anyway, after an arduous two day walk we had reached our goal. We rounded the corner and saw... a JCB digging a big hole in front of a hut. "Is this it?" we cried out in disbelief. Unfortunately,it was it. The grand shrine turned out to be a small hut with a shiny new hole in front of it.
After that anticlimax,I can't say that we achieved enlightenment, but it certainly was a nice walk.
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking