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... never know what will turn up. That's how I discovered the Buddhist Temple and the Kanoe Inn among other things.
I stayed in my room after breakfast and checked emails and caught up on news. As time passed, the rain stopped and I could see the clouds getting lighter. The roads began to dry up. The sun even peeked out on occasion. I was itching to go for one last ride and plotted a course for my Garmin. The destination was a reservoir lake/nature reserve that I had ...
... of the Kanto plain which comprises Greater Tokyo, home to about 35 million people, it takes about 5 to 6 km to get to the countryside. As I said the other day, Iiyama was a perfect experience and it may be sometime before I feel that way again. I may have been spoiled for life and nothing else will compare.
Tomorrow will also be the final ride of my tour before I return to Tokyo on Sunday and get ready to fly back.
After returning to the inn from yesterday's monster climbs, I was too bagged to write and I am now in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture on the last leg of my tour.
For yesterday's ride, I had planned a route that would take me over two mountains on the same side of the valley as the inn. The first was an unmarked (but paved) road that comprised a climb of about 750 metres onto the Joetsu plain containing many rice fields followed by a climb of 1,200 metres on route 95 back ...
... up. May and Amy bounce down the stairs excited to see us. Amy and Lily are fast buddies and become inseparable quickly. Our train ride in they play iphone games, draw, and generally hang together.
Off at Omotosando, we stroll up the main shopping street past the designer shops that require no translation -- Hugo Boss, Chanel, Coach, etc., then to Kiddieland -- the jam packed cute center and eventually over to Takeshita Dori. First two stores score ...
... enticing taste to what is beyond the turnstile.
Entry is a mere 1300 yen (AUD $13) .. and the park is open till 6pm at night.
The entire park covers an area of approx 22 acres.. that's a lot of watering to do!
Each season has it's own floral wonders..
We have missed the Cherry blossoms.. are too early for the rose gardens BUT boy , oh , boy are we on time for the Wisterias, Azaleas, ...