Hotel Hokke Club Kumamoto
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... to our hotel. We were pretty exhausted after a day of walking and shopping so we relaxed for a couple of hours before heading out for dinner. We didn't want to go very far, nor have too large a meal so we found the perfect place right across the street from our hotel - a place called Sukiya where they served simple one bowl meals called gyu-don, beef or pork cooked with vegetables served on top of rice. John had a delicious curry ...
... cooked whole in a soy ginger sauce, sea urchin, and river eel. After lunch we wandered through the village taking some time to enjoy a beautiful Japanese garden outside of the restaurant, and an old European style home that belonged to an aristocratic family. The home in now used for weddings and receptions. We also toured quickly through a small museum housing samurai artifacts before taking a shuttle bus back to the train station. We took a side ...
... grabbing some food it was back on the Shinkansen for the ride to Kumamoto, arrival at night and a wander through the town I arrived at my accommodation again traditional Japanese but in a dorm type room with 3 others, poor buggers would have to endure my snoring! I'd still not sorted my accommodation problem for golden week but finally struck lucky here whilst looking through some pamphlets and found a hostel/ Ryokan ( ...
... difficult for invaders to scale them. They are huge!
Despite all the fortifications, the castle was destroyed by fire in 1877 during the Seinan Rebellion, although the cause of the fire remains unknown.
To date, of the 53 original rooms within the castle, 25 have been restored. Apparently the Japanese Government paid for around one-third of the costs, the rest raised by donation from the citizens of Japan. I think they have received value for money.
... Also wonderful to experience the generous Japanese hospitality. We then headed to shinjuku, a station that 3 million people pass through every day. A shock to the system to be back in tokyo that's for sure. We found shinjuku goen park to find the famed cherry blossoms. The Cherry blossoms were stunning and the overcrowding was insane! An intriguing cultural phenomena. We ...