Travel Blogs from Toyooka
... I'll appear in the movie “Zen is the biggest lie” planned for release in a year at the San Francisco international film festival.
This very unique monastery rests in a basin near the top of these Adirondack-like mountains and is the most isolated monastery of this trip—no development can be seen or heard. Surrounded by forests of pine and bamboo birch and flowering dogwood in bloom, the main perimeter is lined with a knee-high electric ...
... was much more acceptable, so much so that it inspired dancing and singing. Bet they didn't include that with the entry price!! Finally managed to convince the entertainment to wrap things up (literally and figuratively) and we headed back to our hotel for our own private family onsen. Daddy was not gifted the show, poor Daddy. A seven course dinner followed (we ...
... the rocks and with the snow falling on our heads was just an incredible thing to do, a real Japanese highlight.
We stayed there, more than content for around another 1 ½ hours before heading off to taste some of the local crab.
We had to make a quick stop at the first Onsen and while Chris retrieved his wash bag, Annabelle was busy taking photos of the outside.
As she did this she offered to take ...
... up the hill at the back of the town. (Simo used common sense and stayed at the bottom drinking Ume - plum - tea) After the first few hundred metres this climb turned into an arduous trek through knee deep snow that made the five Onsens just taken redundant. Another would definitely be needed after this challenge! That said the top was not very high up, and once there the view was magnificent enough to leave a permanent smile on Jonny's face. It ...
... a different world, in different times, walking through these streets after dark with this type of kimono... On my return from the bath the lady had already set up the table for dinner in my room (this is the true ryokan habit - have meals in your room) - and as I had hoped when walking through the town and seeing what was on offer in the shops - I got crab! They seem to catch it here and I was again amazed at how much the ...
Other places to stay in Toyooka
7-10 Otemachi, Toyooka | Hotelfrom $59
Kinosaki Onsen, Toyooka | Hotelfrom $77
9-5 Kotobukicho, Toyooka | Hotelfrom $78
9-8 Kotobukicho, Toyooka | Hotelfrom $75
112 Hidakacho Hioki, Toyooka | Hotelfrom $48