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... of daily rituals has been eye opening and at times challenged our patience, such as the strict time constrains around meals and bed making. The strict conformity to society's rules and regulations are on show everyday, at the traffic lights for example, and it has been interesting that we quickly conformed as well.
We would return to Japan in a heartbeat - it is a feast for the senses.
... about the order in which to eat the dishes but got by okay. It was an impressive array including hot pot and noodle dishes, lots of little bite size morsels whose origins we were unsure of, tofu skin (yuk) and lots of O-Cha (green tea).
Then onto the old Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa. Traditional construction of wood and rice paper walls. The current emperor lived there as a child when he was evacuated from Tokyo ...
... for the first half of the drive then entertained himself with a fire truck I bought at the rest stop break. It would prove to be a wise purchase as he drove it along the side of almost every walkway throughout the tour. We entered Nikko National Park on the way to our first stop. The mountains were ablaze with gold and red leaves. The bus wound its way up through 24 switchbacks before arriving at Yudaki Falls. The air was crisp and chilly as we made our way to the base of the ...
... a random choice on Google Maps. Plus it was only 1,200 yen or about CDN $13.20.
So, another tour comes to an end. I will take the train back to Tokyo today to see some friends and do some shopping before flying home on Tuesday. This has been the best of the three tours that I have done in Japan. The highlight as mentioned earlier was Iiyama and the Kanoe Inn but the riding in Aizu Wakamatsu and the climb to the volcano were great experiences too. I have adapted what ...
... of the Kanto plain which comprises Greater Tokyo, home to about 35 million people, it takes about 5 to 6 km to get to the countryside. As I said the other day, Iiyama was a perfect experience and it may be sometime before I feel that way again. I may have been spoiled for life and nothing else will compare.
Tomorrow will also be the final ride of my tour before I return to Tokyo on Sunday and get ready to fly back.