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... when the Cherry Blossoms have gone and hopefully it'll be a little quieter.
There wasn't a lot going on in Omi-Maiko – the nearest shop was a 7/11,15 minutes walk away, and everything seemed to be shut down for the winter, but it was good as it allowed us some chill time after the last few days of cramming lots of things in.
We also entertained the locals a bit as we walked ...
... Yokokawa. The cable car ascent and descent is one of the steepest that I have been on.
We seemed to be climbing more steps, each set higher than the next. Owen was actually surprised that most of us were enthusiastic enough to want to see the whole complex as it involved a lot of uphill walking.
We had a look at Lake ...
... lived. It was a very beautiful ride up the lift, a beautiful walk up to the castle, and then from the top of the castle was a beautiful view of the city and mountains.
Megan and I went shopping at the local grocery store called "Don Quixote's" and I took some picture of the Japanese foods they sell there... ...
... so nice, quiet, and calm here. The city is in the country side, which makes it all the more appealing to me!
I have noticed that people here a lot more quieter and polite... and I feel like a loud mouth baboon talking and walking down the street!
I get to rent a bike and shop around today! I am looking forward to seeing what the day ...
We still had some time to kill before our next wwoof host so we decided to lounge around in Gifu city for a few days. Although not regarded as a historic landmark like Kyoto or even Takayama, Gifu had all the requirements for a good sightseeing spot...food, castles and new experiences.
Our main reason for heading to Gifu was to see the Giant Buddha, one of the three largest in Japan. This Buddha was constructed over the span of 40 years ...