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Travel Blogs from M Hamid El Ghizlane
... looking from what i know!
Today confirmed what i knew about Japanese: they are not very fit and ready to walk! After getting the city map from the tourist information and telling the lady we wanted to walk everywhere, she looked horrified. I also noticed that Japanese don't walk up the escalator ever and generally speaking walk very slow.
Walking all around this town yesterday, about 10km walk in total, with various historical sights mainly about the young samurai's that committed mass suicide here at the time of the civil war (1868). Also quite impressive is the Tsuruga-jo castle, totally destroyed but rebuilt for us to visit.
... Drove to Southern Aizu area to search out the rural *magariya* L-shaped thatch roofed farmhouses
Day 4: Cycled to Kitakata. Sake breweries and 4100 kura (historic clay storehouses)
Day 5: Cycled around Aizu Wakamatsu: Samurai compound.
... Miyajima was a delightful surprise.
I wouldn't take anything in exchange for the ryokan experience -- the room with a delightful view and tatami mats and futons, the yukatas, the private dining, and the communal bathing in a natural hot spring. It was the perfect way to end our time in this remarkable country.
I look forward to many more happy travels with my sister.
... cotton kimonos -- were in the room for us when we arrived. We donned them right away and kept them on throughout our stay.
Then it was off to the baths! Very awkward at first -- we didn't know at what point we were meant to strip. Through gestures the Japanese women explained to us what to do. We left all all our clothes and big towel in a basket in the big dressing room. We then took a tiny towel to the common shower area for ...