Hotel Prime Toyama
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We took the train to Shinano Omachi, then bus to Ogizawa and scrambled over Mt kurobedairi and Mt Tateyama, arrived in Toyama that night Amazing mountains and autumn leaves. Had Japanese tempura set meal for lunch - ok but too many vegetables, not enough prawns. Worse pasta ever for dinner. But we found Tim Tams, Nutella and bread sticks in a ...
... the bus stopping at the final destination. Yes it was a great day, enjoyed by all.
Shauna and John are heading back to Tokyo for their last night in Japan. So i meet them at the train station and wave goodbye. The rest of the day is spent avoiding the rain.
I am going to miss Toyama. It is a really nice clean city, with a lot going for it. Tomorrow i head back to Tokyo and onto the airport where i will meet up with Shauna for our 8pm flight to Hawaii.
Heavy dinner again with even more food than the previous night. Unbelievable food. The rice had been harvested only a few days ago. I have not tasted rice this good before. Needless to say, I couldn't eat the sashimi and couldn't offload it to anyone else. I did boil one piece of tuna in the soup and it tasted OK.
The big boss of the ryokan, usually a woman, came out to thank us for staying. I guess she ...
... cold on the return trip in the open carriages but worth the views.
When we returned to the station, Owen was waiting for us with the bus. We had enough time for a quick shower and dressed in the traditional formal yukatas for dinner. Dinner was a sampling of different food types. I had to disgrace myself in the eyes of the Japanese by cooking my sashimi. I don't do raw fish, tuna or prawns. We had wagyu beef that we had ...
... to everything on the road. But after reaching the first rest area, I had felt quite confident. Aqua, the small Prius hybrid car by Toyota is quite smooth, quiet, and oil-saving. The screen shows the oil consumption by km/liter, and the number usually fluctuated between 25-35. (On the last day when I filled the tank, we only consumed 21 liters for 600+ km! around 30 km/l, very impressive!)
The drive up the mountain ...