Hotel Sunroute Shirakawa
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... largest one was almost 11 kilometres, with most of the others being about 1.5 to 2.0 kilometres. An amazing engineering feat because they twist and turn throughout the journey. In 30 minutes (covering some 30 kilometers of road), there was 20 kilometers of tunnel. I did try not to dwell on how much mountain was above the tunnel I was passing through! I wasn't unhappy to get back on the expressway and back to Takayama.
Tomorrow we head for Hiroshima. ...
... to "beautify" you. If you've seen the picture for yourself on facebook than I think you'll agree the effect is a bit lost on caucasian males.
A small note on the Shinjuku district: this is the Tokyo I had in mind when visiting Japan. It's FULL of people everywhere, neon signs and life all over. No order, no calmness just pure city chaos, I really need to come back here next weekend on my return to Tokyo and give this place a proper look.
... 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.
... 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.
... 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 ...