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Breakfast in the hotel which was an odd mix of Japanese with some western options. You can hear gunshots all the time, as we are in an orchard area they use it to frighten the birds so they won't ruin the fruit. The apples are HUGE and delicious. They is also lots of persimmons and enormous, very expensive grapes. The grapes are covered in plastic bags on the vine to keep them free of imperfections. The rice is being harvested and there ...
... 5% grade, probably similar to Cypress. About 2 km into the climb, I passed by a huge Torii Gate which marks the entrance to a Shinto Shrine. I stopped to check it out. There were two smaller gates that led the way to the small shrine but of more interest was the small Japanese garden. It's the little, unknown gardens that I find more attractive than the big, famous ones attended by thousands of tourists. This one had carefully placed rocks and shrubs, a ...
... is an area of mostly small villages nestled among farms and fruit orchards.
As I didn't get in to IIyama until about 11:30 AM, I didn't have an ambitious ride in mind but opted instead to ride to the Yudanaka area famous for hot springs and also for a nearby snow monkey park. This park has a natural hot spring and these monkeys are famous for bathing in it and keeping warm in the water during winter. It's turned into a bit of a ...
... another with possibly radish or yam in it. They were tasty. We also discovered the under covered walkways that are a big feature of the area with heaps of trendy shops and little cafes. We walked up one and back down the other. Need to go back and explore them further I think. We ended up eating at a restaurant called Haneda just over the road which does the Okonomiyaki or Japanese pancake. The table we sat at had a hot plate and they prepare ...
... coming in lower and greyer and just as we got in the van it started to rain a bit. For lunch we went to a local place and had an absolute feast. Home made soba which were cold, you dip into a soy type sauce with shallots and wasabi and slurp them up, fried marinated tofu, tempura vegies and dipping sauce as well as some nasty little fishy things which I tried then gave away. After the soba are gone, soba broth is added to the dipping sauce ...
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