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... t enough, one part of the area is a virtual hotbed of seismic activity, which meant sulphuric emissions, resulting in huge flumes of rising steam clouds. It is quite dramatic to watch and it seemed that the whole thing could blow at any time. This felt a bit threatening, particularly given the recent volcano eruption a few hundred kilometers away. But seeing the busloads of school kids and tourists ...
... Mt Fuji.
That pretty much filled in the day as we got back to our accommodation just in time for dinner. I enjoyed today's meal a bit more than last nights.
Now we have packed all our stuff ready to head off to Takayama tomorrow and I've spent some time relaxing in the Onsen for the last time.
... car to Gora.
Caught the Tozan railway to Tonosawa.
Walked to our accommodation.
The place we are staying at is a traditional inn and was founded in 1630.
We have to wear slippers and have a yukata to wear.
But the best thing it is that we have a private onsen (hot spring bath).
Japanese rules are that you must be naked in the onsen ...
... Fuji. We were driven to our traditional ryokan where we were welcomed in and taken to our room, then given traditional robes to change into. We were served a katsekai dinner in our room which consisted of about ten courses. The highlight was when Jona spilled his beer over our entire table, and once we got that cleaned up I started having gag reflexes over some very chewy sashimi. We agreed not to let our server know what had ...
... balcony looks like something out of a painting. It would be like if the hiking area near North Bend/Mt. Si had a resort town nestled in among its valleys, but with higher elevation. I'm not used to seeing low-flying clouds drift over the landscape to collide with green mountains like this - it's incredibly peaceful here.
Even coming out to the poorer, more rural areas of Japan, a constant source of astonishment to me is ...