Hotel Monarque Tottori
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... keep wild boar from damaging crops and for safety from the mean rascals. Occasionally the night silence is broken by an odd guitar-string-like sound and a pigs screech.
This is an international Zen center with a unique philosophy of mostly self sustaining lifestyle. This means that ¾ of the days the mostly-male residents in 20's and 30's zip about on bulldozers, power-shovels, field plows and rice harvesting machines doing all the work needed to feed 20 ...
... countryside give a deep appreciation of the quaint nature of the remote areas.
This northern seaside city is surrounded by mountains and is dotted with temples, shrines, museums and markets that show a bit more slow and quiet Japanese lifestyle. It was a bit surreal pacing the near-empty streets on this Sunday afternoon. It helped me prepare for my next step - a remote mountain temple.
There were two main goals of the day: find a beach to go to, and visit the Tottori Sand Dunes. Like the day before we hadn't really planned out the beach part. It's a coastline. There are beaches everywhere. But while that's a true statement, it isn't always obvious if a beach is a good place or not.
We left the onsen feeling refreshed. The breakfast was good and filling, and I got a jar of the local milk out of a vending machine. I only got the milk because it was sold ...
... I thought I was lucky, but I noticed my scarf was missing after a while. I should have gone back to the bus station right off. However, I thought the scarf would be kept in the lost and found of the station and didn't go back. Come to think of it, I was so stupid. Anyway, I reached the sand dunes in 15 minutes.
The first impression was great, although the dunes were covered with snow, but I ...
... back to the bus stop (where we had an 1 hour wait to get back into town). At the bus stop , there was a shop selling all types of local foodstuffs (which you can try if you are hungry), these are very common in Japan. We were hungry so to fill our stomachs we pretended we were interested in each product, but bought none! In the evening , we found the only restaurant in town ...