Hotel Metropolitan Morioka New Wing
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... wandered to a very busy street which seemed like the Tokyo equivalent of the Brighton Lanes. Loads of small shops were selling colourful and wonderful souvenirs and clothing. They had a few clothes which took Nicole's fancy and even a Batman mask which I managed to resist buying. We had lunch here at a gluten-free crepe cafe. Crepes seem to be all the rage here and after having one I can see why. There were hundreds of choices of fillings and toppings. I ended up with a strawberry ...
Sad to already leave this wonderful ryokan at the lake, we took the hotel bus to the public bus who droped us at the JR station. We start to have more conversations as people who spend as well a night go back to Tokyo and speak English.
The trainride was a little difficult as the trains were full and we had to ...
... 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 ...
... t quite over yet, as we spent a good 45 minutes in the tourist info at Tazawako trying to find reasonably priced accommodation for the night. We eventually settled on the Youth Hostel in Tazawa Ko, and jumped on a local bus taking us through the very pretty countryside to the youth hostel. The hostel itself was pretty large, and the friendly old lady showed us to our private Japanese style room, which was very clean and ...