Hotel New Otani Tottori
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Three train rides, a rural bus ride, and a tranquil hike up a mountain carries me from Japan's southern coast to a small monastery in central north Japan
The bus drops me in the middle of nowhere and I hike in drizzling rain up the 2 ½ mile, sliver-thin road that winds up the mountain. The final 150 ft. climb is across a moss-covered rock staircase that squeezes through a dense pine forest with just remnants of light reaching the forest floor.
Rich green rice paddies, a rich variety of mountain panoramas, tiny towns with crystal clear mountain brooks, traditional tiled roof/ bamboo slat houses, river-bridge views of modern, organized and clean cities – traveling by rail in Japan gives a sampling-platter of Japanese life. The cutting-edge bullet train feels like a rocket ship, but the local trains that slice through the ...
... Nobody. Not even when I realized that I'd run down the battery because I left the headlights on (they're automatic: I thought they'd turned off) and was listening to the radio while playing with the GPS; oh, and the kids had turned on the interior lights above their seats in the back of the van. I put up the hood and hoped someone would come along and give me a jump, but they didn't. I finally found Hanako and broke the news to her; I'd let the van sit for fifteen minutes ...
... because I had to catch a train for the next destination. If I had not, I wouldn't have stayed in the reserved hostel on the night. I had no choice.
Tottori Area video
It introduces more attractions of Tottori, including Uradome Coast and Iwai Hot Springs, and specialties of the area such as Iwagaki rock oyster and Matsubagani snow crab.
... an English menu, and ate there. It was a nice dinner, a few bits of sashimi, some edamame beans, some yakitori etc. We headed back to our hotel through the constant rain to our hotel. Tottori is a fairly nondescript town and we were there on Sunday which meant that many shops were closed, which made it even more boring and provincial. It kind of reminded me of Slough in its pure ...