My Hotel Ryugu
Travel Blogs from Shizuoka
... JR Minobu Line to Fujinomiya It was then quite a walk to the shrine, but it was beautiful when we got there. The grounds were bigger than we expected, and there were sections where you could drink spring water or take a bottle home with you after a donation (we didn't want to do it in case it wasn't appropriate for foreigners), and there were a few little shrines to some animal kami. We ate some 7-Eleven lunch in the shade of some cherry blossom trees, and we took in ...
... in-between the wet mist that covered you most of the time.
It was very cool to see the glistening spider webs all up the
mountain too (though not so cool to go to take another bite of an
apple and see a massive spider just about to go on it climbing up
from your hand!) and weird to see the dark dried lava rock, massive
cracks and grooved out pathways with pushed over trees etc. There was
not much to see viewing wise, thanks to the clouds, and being out of
... Tokyo beat Hiroshima 3-0 on the back of a 3 run homer and solid pitching from a young guy named Sugano who was pitching some great stuff.
All in all, it was a good day of riding followed up by a nice evening in the onsen hotel. I am impressed by the variety of riding in the various regions in Japan that I have been to. Although I haven't really ventured out of central Honshu, the cycling has been first rate.
... 2-3 days and are usually in celebration of that years rice harvest. Things get kicked off in the morning/early afternoon, with street parades and dancing before progressing into the evening with fireworks and drinking. Typically seen as a time for the traditionally conservative Japanese people to let their hair down a little and party, matsuri attract people from miles around. Take it from someone who knows... these people definitely know how ...
... it. Packages of dried fish weirdness. An entire wall of whiskey. An entire wall of mayonnaise in a bag. Adorable cute plastic packaging. Full aisle of noodles and rice. TIM TAMS (4 different kinds!) Just so so much strangeness I can't even remember. I have to go back and visit the supermarket again when Layla gets here, she's gonna go nuts.
Next was the ginza, a strip mall type spot next to the train station. Ok I swear to god, I am so fascinated by everything, ...