Hotel Route Inn Shin-Shirakawa Ekihigashi
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... br> The houses have a very distinctive A-framed shape. They are called "Gassho-zukuri" which means 'praying hands' because of the 60 degree slope of the thatched gable roofs. The sharp shape is a way of dealing with the heavy snowfall in this area, given it is a small valley surrounded by mountains. The size of the houses relates to the multi-generational family living. It was surprising just how large they were inside, comprising several ...
Writing this blog a few days late as I've been either too busy or too tired to write anything. My trip to Nikko was a great little journey and a breath of fresh air from Tokyo (literally). I had planned this trip alone at first but thanks to couchsurfing I ended up meeting 8 new friends who joined me on the trip :)
The day started off with a 2 hour train ride to Nikko itself, from there we transferred to a bus in order to reach ...
Walking all around this town yesterday, about 10km walk in total, with various historical sights mainly about the young samurai's that committed mass suicide here at the time of the civil war (1868). Also quite impressive is the Tsuruga-jo castle, totally destroyed but rebuilt for us to visit.
Also saw my first Japanese albino! And a wild deer, ...
... line-height: 15px; font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; ">Also saw my first Japanese albino! And a wild deer, very different looking from what i know!
August 10 - 14 2012, Cycling holiday: Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Tohoku, Japan
Day 1: arrived in Aizu Wakamatsu: Tsuruga Castle, Mt.Iimori, Byakkotai hill, Sazaedo Pagoda
Day 2: Cycled up into the mountains to Ouichijuku
Day 3: Rented ...