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Ito is a laid back city with lots of onsens. I stayed at the K's House hostel. It's 2900¥ but very nice place to stay and it has a onsen which one can explore. The hostel used to be a hotel and it dates back to 100 years ago. Very old wooden structure. Quite an experience for couple of nights. To get here it took me most of the day. It was two train rides and 5 hours of travel. Relaxed in the bath and have a good night ...
... R411, I turned east onto R59 which was downhill for about 12 km to the small town of Yugashima. I arrived there at about 11:30 but knew I should have lunch. I rode along the main road until I came across what looked to be the town's main gathering point with a bus loop, community centre and local farmer's market. There was also a small Italian eatery there with a couple of outdoor tables set up for lucky patrons like me. With ...
After lunch, I turned up R18 which increased gradually for a few kms before the hairpin turns started. The higher I rode, the more the views opened up. However, it wasn't until I turned onto R127 that the vistas stood out. This was a fair bit of up and down riding but the views both out into the ocean looking at Shizuoka City and into the mountains were terrific. Plus, the roads were relatively quiet save the ...
... the cleaning team that goes in and tidies up each shinkansen train at the end of a run before it turns around. They were a model of efficiency. Comprising mostly older women, they took pride in their work and almost went about their tasks in military-style movements. If I recall correctly, only the most capable ones were able to make the team and stick it out for which they were justifiably proud. They also shared a great sense ...
... and paper, so anyone holding a flyer or wearing flowing fabric had a deer-wrestle ahead of them. This accounts for practically every tourist on the island and makes for amusing people-watching. Since leaving the island, I spent some whirlwind days in Tokyo and even managed to stay in my first capsule hotel. My pod was clean, comfortable and completely unchanged since the 1970's. Not a bad experience overall, though ...
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