Hotel Sunroute Shirakawa
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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 ...
... We only had about 4 hours in Nikko itself before the last train home so this was kind of a rush trip. What I didn't expect from the journey to the waterfall was that it was so high up in the mountains. We must of did at least 50 180 degree turns with the bus going up and then down. Not a trip for those easily affected by motion sickness...jeez. Once up top we had some pretty good ramen and then went off to view an incredibly beautiful ...
... 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.
... 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!
... Statue of a Man Playing a Grand Piano on a Roof: That is all.
Outdoor Stairwells: This was also something I just noticed about Japans apartment buildings. All the stairwells are exposed to the elements. I am sure there is good reason for this but its very odd to see.
Stop Chimes on the Shinkansen: At every stop we were greeted by a really elaborate chime system that sounded like ...