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... to the main part of town to seek some shelter. Shauna's umbrella is turned inside out and wrecked by the strong wind. Lucky it was on a $4 umbrella.
Rest of the day is relaxing in the hotel in a huge lounge room which we have all to ourselves.
Tomorrow we are travelling to Takayama, but the weather is not looking all that good. There is the chance of rain and night temperature dipping below zero. Oh well we cant change the weather so we will grin and enjoy what the day unfolds into.
... These gardens were so lovely — the different areas were well-placed, there were good mixes of shadow and full sun and of quiet, small spaces with larger, open spaces. Really ideal for strolling for hours.
Of course, the sakura blooms were the star attraction — a well-deserved honor. That bright pink against the vivid blue sky melts away worries. Not to be outdone by the sakura, the sun also increased its intensity that day. The warmth was so welcome after the ...
Armed with our bus pass we set off to visit the "ninja" temple. Ostensibly a temple but in reality a heavily defended watchtower for the castle we were to visit later on in the morning. It had a variety of secret passages,murder holes and cunning defensive tricks to deter attackers. In addition it had 7 levels within 3 floors to further confuse the enemy. Next was Kanawaza castle that has been completely rebuilt ...
A sensible start today as our train departed at 10.30 to Kanazawa a large city on the west coast. Therefore we all had time for a relaxing dip in the hot stone communal bath before purchasing breakfast in the bakeries and mini marts by the station. Thankfully there is enough in the shops that looks familiar for us to buy. A 90 minute journey down the mountain passing an ...
Second day of working out complete. Phew I thought that my will power to not become a sumo would only last one day. I am sure the Japanese cleaning ladies are wondering what this crazy Canadian is doing running up and down the stairs. We packed up and boarded our train for Hiroshima, some very snowy locales passing our window along the way. Closer to Hiroshima the snow disappeared and green started re-emerging. We arrived in ...