Hotel Route Inn Shin-Shirakawa Ekihigashi
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... wood. The trees surrounding these temples were so tall and so large, I had never seen trees of this size before. I found them equally impressive as the temple itself. Once we ventured through the multiple temples here and saw Ieyatsu's grave itself we wandered back to the train station on foot seeing the city (town?) of Nikko itself.
Once back in Tokyo a few of us ventured into the district of Shinjuku with a few Japanese locals who ...
... looking from what i know!
Today confirmed what i knew about Japanese: they are not very fit and ready to walk! After getting the city map from the tourist information and telling the lady we wanted to walk everywhere, she looked horrified. I also noticed that Japanese don't walk up the escalator ever and generally speaking walk very slow.
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.
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 ...
... ones recognizable as an American breakfast were soft boiled eggs, small sausages, fruit, and yogurt. I've learned to like miso soup for breakfast, but can't get used to salad, pickled vegetables, and stewed meats for a morning meal.
We took a taxi back to Aizu Castle so that we could re-visit the gift shop. In the two days since we were there, the cherry trees had gone from being in bud to full blossom. They were simply gorgeous!