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... comes in from time to time. The Japanese seem oblivious to the heat. Despite the fact that we are in the mountains, the climate varies quite markedly over the year, hot and quite humid in the summer and autumn and covered in a thick layer of snow in the winter. Apparently the late colours are spectacular and that is one of the most popular times for tourists, alas we are too early for the colours.
Tonight’s dinner is similar to the previous night. ...
It's weird, but today's the first day I've really felt like I was Somewhere Else(tm). There's a few reasons for this....
First and foremost, the past 2 days staying in this ryokan have been a real eye-opener. I had a little trepidation about staying here, i had no real frame of reference as to what it was like. Suffice it to say i have been absolutely blown away by... well everything about the hotel. ...
... I was finished with my beef. In the morning we checked out the local market and then headed to a festival that was happening in the old part of town. It was an art and street meat festival! I love street meat! And there were booths selling every type everywhere, some sort of ninja drumming show....and some art to fill the space. First I had some sort of sticky round McDonald's hash brown looking thing....on a stick (of course)...it ...
I'm sitting in an outside hot bath on the top floor of a hotel in Matsumoto, Japan. One japanese guy next to me is holding some wooden blocks with the hotel name engraved and bound together. I get out, feel that my body has calmed down and briefly enjoy the view over the skyscraperless city with the mountains in the back. I slide the door, walk through the bath and enter the sauna. I sit first on the lower level but as one man exits I move up. It's a ...
... running out.
One of THE things we wanted to see in Japan was Mount Fuji, it being such an iconic part of Japan. After much research we discovered that it would take us seven hours to get there from Takayama (via any of the various routes available), but we felt it would be worthwhile. We headed for Hakone, one of the mountains nearby but accessible to Fuji.
After three trains and a bus, we arrived at what we thought was our hotel at about ...
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