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... but it simply won’t sell. He tells me the taxes are also quite steep on property, which is why most Japanese do not want to inherit their parents’ houses if they know they can’t sell them. Kazumi was hoping that AirBnB might be a way to solve both vacancy and improve tourism, but as most Japanese do not invite strangers into their homes this proves to be much easier said than done.
Here, in this corner of Kagoshima, all the houses built on these hill ...
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
... rain started to come down by that point. Joseph and I were putting on rain covers on our backpacks and we lost sight of Lynne and John. As we were running short of time, we decided to head back to the station to look for some lunch. John and Lynne had stopped to look at the kids sumo.
We caught the steam locomotive, the SL Hitoyoshi back to Kumamoto. That took another 2.5 hours. There were train spotters along the way as ...
... canals by the side of the small streets, filled with the largest and fattest koi that I have ever seen. They must be fed very well. The buildings were old samurai buildings, reminding me slightly of the ones at Takayama, but at a much smaller scale.
We tried to find a place for lunch but gave up in the end. We were back at the train station by 3pm and I happened to mention to Joan that we hadn't had lunch. She told us that ...
... places appeared to be closed when we walked past but opened just as we were walking back to catch the return train. We did have a lovely torfu cheese cake I don't think it much cheese in it but it was very tasty. We saw an interesting roadside stall cooking chestnuts, first they cut into the outer shell then pressure cooked them for some minutes and then sold them hot.
A long day as we got back to the ...