Hotel Metropolitan Morioka New Wing
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... Hakodate, There the tunnel back to Aomori and from here with Shinkansen into the mountains of Kakunodate
And it started to rain heavily and we took a cab who brought us to our hotel. Arriving at 2000 we had dinner in the restaurant, went to the Onsen which was a very nice and big one an then to bed - tired
... believing the lava rocks give off Alpha particles that are suppose to be helpful.
The area we were in was very mountainous and receives a great deal of snow through the winter. The Japanese have built lots of tunnels and shelters in areas that are either prone to avalanches or snow drifts. The tunnels may seems a bit out of place in the summer, but come ...
... a very enjoyable few hours walking around the historic town. The weather was great and we explored a wooded shrine before going to the first samurai house, which was around 400 years old and very well preserved. Inside we explored the traditional dining area (low tables where you sit on the floor - very similar to the places we'd been staying!) before being ushered into a little room for some free miso, soy, pickle ...
... one place was open, and it was a huge micro-brewery / restaurant which luckily had fast free wifi! This was exactly what we needed and we settled ourselves in near large windows overlooking the lake and setting sun, as the only people in the restaurant which could seat 100! Over our tasty katsu curries we planned and planned some more. In fact we were politely told the place was closing by 8pm, so shifted our ...
Kakunodate marked the northmost border of our trip and was way outside the crowded part of Japan. The countryside was occasionally untouched and the limited resources showed in the buildings even in town. Very run down and in need of sprucing up, it was a bleak view very distant from the ones in the big cities. Winter had probably just left the area and the planks protecting trees and covering windows were ...