Smile Hotel Sendai Kokubucho
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WE DID: - took a train from Utsunomiya to Yamagata then a bus to Zao Onsen - used the cable car to get to the top of Mount Zao, explored the peak and went back again - Checked in to our hotel before making our way to Dairotemburo Onsen, a sulphur-laden public bath for a soak amongst nature - an incredible buffet dinner at ...
This is our first layover for a few days. We are hoping to spend a day touring and then a day to tour and enjoy lunch with our friend Yuko. The house that we are staying at is incredibly beautiful. We are up the side of a cliff with lots of stairs and very steep small road up so no worries about getting exercise. The sun ...
... to the lack of any other creative outlet, be it work or play, I miss the venting it allows me.
This becomes the reason for my next destination and, more specifically, the method of transport there. Remember how I mentioned listening to a song on a Shinkansen a few blogs back? Well, I was traveling to Sendai then, which is almost 2 hours north of Tokyo.
When picking the place to head for next I searched for somewhere my JR pass could take me with no extra ...
... and a trinket shop. Down the narrow side alleys are dozens of tiny bars and restaurants, each with only 2 or 3 tables or 5 bar stools. Then there'll be a little shrine tucked away in the back, the incense mingling with the smell of Japanese beer.
At dinner the second night our new friends, who ordered everything so we don't know what we ate, suggested a couple of days in Matsushima, one of the most beautiful spots in Japan. ...
We left the Onsen in the morning and went back to Kakunodate to visit the Samurai houses. At the station you can always leave the baggage in coin lockers, so we could make the walk through the town in a more relaxed way.
Unfortunately it was pouring rain that we became wet - even with the umbrellas and were happy to get inside these samurai houses. They are very big, some of them even free of charge to visit
Later we travelled ...