APA Hotel Toyama-Ekimae
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We took the train to Shinano Omachi, then bus to Ogizawa and scrambled over Mt kurobedairi and Mt Tateyama, arrived in Toyama that night Amazing mountains and autumn leaves. Had Japanese tempura set meal for lunch - ok but too many vegetables, not enough prawns. Worse pasta ever for dinner. But we found Tim Tams, Nutella and bread sticks in a ...
... in most of the mains sights, then ventured out into the suburbs to do a little window shopping. It seems that not many western people visit the suburbs, as i attracted a fair amount of attention.
Toyama city offers free bike hire to tourists, so i take them up on this offer. I collect the bike from a shop around the corner from the hotel, and decide to ride towards the snow capped mountains for a better view. After heading north for about 10ks i come across ...
Heavy dinner again with even more food than the previous night. Unbelievable food. The rice had been harvested only a few days ago. I have not tasted rice this good before. Needless to say, I couldn't eat the sashimi and couldn't offload it to anyone else. I did boil one piece of tuna in the soup and it tasted OK.
The big boss of the ryokan, usually a woman, came out to thank us for staying. I guess she ...
... we were early and the rooms weren't ready, we opted to take the small Kurobe Gorge Railway train up to the gorge. Five didn't go. We had left John and Joan back at the previous train stop as they are an older couple and did not want to stay in a ryokan. There were 16 of us going and Owen was going to stay behind. In order to return back to the hotel in time for dinner at 6.30pm, we could not go right to the end of the line. We had ...
... to everything on the road. But after reaching the first rest area, I had felt quite confident. Aqua, the small Prius hybrid car by Toyota is quite smooth, quiet, and oil-saving. The screen shows the oil consumption by km/liter, and the number usually fluctuated between 25-35. (On the last day when I filled the tank, we only consumed 21 liters for 600+ km! around 30 km/l, very impressive!)
The drive up the mountain ...