Hotel Sun Valley Izu-nagaoka Annex Waraku
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... the big cities and get immersed in the culture and architecture and people. Alternately though - what Hakone is giving me a taste of - is a wealth of natural beauty to be found in the countryside and quiet whispering forests that seem to roll on endlessly once you leave the big city.
I stayed at my first ryokan here - the Lodge Fujimien. I can't really believe what <100 bux a night gets you here. The view from ...
... last nights. Again, 7 servings that included Japanese beef and vegetables served "sukiyaki style". Raw meat and veggies are in a bowl on top of a clay pot that gets heated to boil. The meat gets cooked in just a few minutes…so good! We also had a serving of sashimi that included tuna, crabmeat and sea bream. Many in our group won’t eat raw fish, so the rest of us ate the leftovers!
It’s not common to wear shoes indoors in ...
... leave for dinner the maid moves the table and puts two futon mattresses down for us as a bed. We enjoyed a traditional Japanese group dinner of 7 servings including sushi, shabu-shabu and miso soup. The best meal we’ve had in Japan thus far.
Hakone Mountain is on geothermal land so there are many natural hot springs in the area. Our ryokan has a hot spring right in the basement. I brought my bathing suit for this occasion, but ...
... to the town of Ito, a seaside town in the Izu peninsula. There we stayed a in beautiful 100 year old ryokan converted into a youth hostel named Ks house, and the value for money was incredible! We enjoyed a peaceful stay in another traditional Japanese room- unfortunately this time there were no Yukata robes for Gabe to enjoy. We spend Saturday wandering around Ito, which was nice enough, however we were disappointed that the beach was grey and not designed ...
... cooking, this time for an interesting fusion of Japanese and English styles: a Japanese casserole. This involved Japanese sweet potatoes and beef, and demonstrated just how much Coco loved her time in the U.K - she`s certainly incorporated much into her way of life now!
Points of interest:
1. There are no fat people in Japan
2. Japanese is 129% harder to write than to speak
3. Japanese vending machines are the best in the world. And still there are no fat people.