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... largest one was almost 11 kilometres, with most of the others being about 1.5 to 2.0 kilometres. An amazing engineering feat because they twist and turn throughout the journey. In 30 minutes (covering some 30 kilometers of road), there was 20 kilometers of tunnel. I did try not to dwell on how much mountain was above the tunnel I was passing through! I wasn't unhappy to get back on the expressway and back to Takayama.
Tomorrow we head for Hiroshima. ...
... and culture of the Japanese Edo period. The park historically reenacts the life during the days of the Shogun, from 1603 to 1867. All the staff are suitably attired and there are replicas of old shops and wares. Now it is a little kitch, but no more than others of its kind. We enjoyed a very exciting Ninja battle, where the stealth warriors of Japan were in pursuit of their target. There was a lot of jumping, hiding, ...
... in 1616. At that ime he requested a shrine be built in his honour and when completed, his grandson didn't think it grand enough and ordered a more elaborate mausoleum. There is a whole complex devoted to various temples and shrines and each one seems to outdo the other.
Besides the temples, there is absolutely beautiful scenery around these parts, and we look forward to exploring over the next couple of days.
We left our luggage with ...
... it's an hour long wait now, imagine nice weather!
One thing you'll notice here in winter: scorching hot heating in stores and trains, feels like you're being cooked alive, then painfully arctic cold outside. The constant temperature changes all the time make you feel loopy and whoozy, I find it makes me feel extra burnt out by the end of the day. Looking forward to visiting in spring or summer next time!!
Highlights for me:
-Disney's Haunted ...
oooo Today was a cold one. We got our first real taste of the change in weather today and let me tell you, we were not ready for it!
Since we only had a certain amount of days in Japan, we had a pretty good itinerary nailed down. Today was set aside for a day trip to either Nikko or Hakone. Nikko offered the temples and shrines, plus the famous "3 Monkeys" plaque, but Hakone offered views of Mount Fuji. We had asked Brett last night as to ...