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... but when you leave the beaten path it is quaint and lovely.
We are a bit higher here so there are more trees changing colour and the rice fields are being harvested. The weather remains ideal about 24 degrees at mid-day We sat for some time watching a man harvest his field with a little machine much like a rototiller; it cut, bundled and tied the rice into bunches that were then hung from drying racks in the middle of the field.
The hotel we ...
... t-shirts ;)) After the sand bath, we headed for the hells of Kanawara. Kanawara is an area of Beppu, on the mountain, where steam comes out of the streets, where people cook with the steam, where pools get beautiful colors from the minerals in the steam of the volcano. The only drawback of all this steam is that it constantly smells like rotten eggs... Enjoy the pictures ;) From the pools, we went a little bit higher on the ...
... a soak in
the warm onsen baths (they are just the right temperature – not too hot and
your skin feels silky smooth when you come out) a cosy feather duvet on our
futon beds, and the sound of the river rushing by we slept like babies! It was
an experience I will never forget.
P.S. Sorry no photos of the onsen as people are a bit funny about getting their photo taken while they are naked..... including me!!
This morning, we left Dogo Onsen early to catch a tram, a train and a ferry to Beppu, located on the Kyushu island. This is the last island we will be visiting. The boat trip to Beppu is quite long (almost 3 hours) and there are few places to sit. So we are adopting the local approach: take off your shoes and lie down / sit on the tatamis. Once settled, people play cards, chat with each other, read ...
... toys. Fair enough, they have been amazing on this whole trip.
No money is worth risking a divorce!
Another wonderful Japanese private banquet for dinner.
We have had the most Brilliant time and unbelievable experiences. There is absolutely nothing I would have changed or done differently. I am truly grateful to have been able to have this wonderful 'Gap Year’ with my beautiful little family. ...