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I just love the Japanese rail system.... in fact I love a lot of things about Japan! Comfortable, clean and on time, we arrived at Shirahama Station to find our names printed on a sign held by a woman we had never met. By the end of the week (actually by the end of the day) we were good friends.
Months ago, as Shane and I were planning this trip, I did some research on Wakayama Prefecture and the sacred trail known as the Kumano Kodo. For over ...
... maguro, sea bream, squid and even sole (which we have never had as sashimi before but was really sweet and tender.
As usual, we had the multiple small covered plates of special delicacies that we would could ourselves, or open to our surprise as we went through our dinner presentation. Keely happened to lift the top off of an 8” long light green bowl and screamed, “It’s alive!”, which got everyone’s attention. Sure enough, ...
... someone else! It was very tasty though, and the bones were hardly noticeable. We must have had at least 20 different small dishes at dinner, each more unusual and tasty than the next. The inn was very simple and quaint, but the food was fantastic.
We slept well and got an early start the next morning to allow us to stop at a special location to enjoy the proliferation of cherry blossoms on a small island near the sacred Hongu shrine site, which would be ...
... wisdom and leave all else behind.
After the morning service, we enjoyed a wonderful vegetarian breakfast in the beautiful, traditionally decorated dining room (full of the wonderful folding screens that we love so much), then a little more time in our lovely room to relax before heading off on the first day of our Kumano Kodo spiritual pilgrimage hike.
The Kumano Kodo trail is nearly 1,200 years old, and was very popular with the nobility ...
... ark, except our thrill wasnt accompanied by a pit of snakes. Anyway, after an arduous two day walk we had reached our goal. We rounded the corner and saw... a JCB digging a big hole in front of a hut. "Is this it?" we cried out in disbelief. Unfortunately,it was it. The grand shrine turned out to be a small hut with a shiny new hole in front of it.
After that anticlimax,I can't say that we achieved enlightenment, but it certainly was a nice walk.
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