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... also found. I love that we were walking the same path that may have been traveled by samurai, pilgrims, officials and spies throughout Japan’s tumultuous past centuries. “This is a well-travelled highway,” Mike remarked as a large group of Japanese hikers passed us. There were definitely more hikers present than I expected on a weekday. However, everyone was very friendly and encouraging, especially when they saw the sleeping child on my back. ...
... change into our yukata (light weight summer kimono) and contemplate the public baths. After reading the instructions for the bath, including no use of the baths following the consumption of alcohol, no swimming in the baths and no washing your underwear I rule out the public nakedness. That evening, adorned in our yukata and old man slippers, we head to a private dining room for traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki, which refers to ...
We were up earlier today as we had to pack a day bag and make arrangements to get the rest of our bags to be shipped to our hotel in Kyoto. The tour company printed the instructions for shipping our bags in Japanese so the guy at the front desk understood exactly what we wanted and where they needed to go which was nice. We had the western breakfast again today as I still didn't feel like braving the rice porridge. I have a feeling there will be many more opportunities ...
... girls go to the shrine to receive a blessing and then boys go again at age 5 and girls at age 7. They were rather cute! From there we went on to the Japanese art gallery which had magnificent views of Lake Ashi and Mt Fuji. Next step was the trip across the lake in a pirate ship - Jonny Depp could have been on board. From there it was back down to our accommodation. This is quite an experience. It's a large hotel and shoes are removed at the front door and put into lockers. Many ...
... by a lovely lady called Megume, who attended to all our needs including serving breakfast and dinner in our room. The food was all traditional Japanese, meticulously prepared and presented with two to three courses each consisting of three to five very small dishes. The food was all restaurant standard and really beautifully presented, but I have to admit that we are now a little "fished-out"! The amount of fish consumed in Japan is staggering and the ways in which it can ...