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... largest one was almost 11 kilometres, with most of the others being about 1.5 to 2.0 kilometres. An amazing engineering feat because they twist and turn throughout the journey. In 30 minutes (covering some 30 kilometers of road), there was 20 kilometers of tunnel. I did try not to dwell on how much mountain was above the tunnel I was passing through! I wasn't unhappy to get back on the expressway and back to Takayama.
Tomorrow we head for Hiroshima. ...
... were very interested in Australia.
We then made our way to see some the Ryuzi Falls, but because of the icy conditions of the track, we got about halfway before we decided on discretion - especially me with my dicky hips! So we didn't see the entire waterfalls, which run down the slanted rock for about 210m. We saw only the middle and bottom parts.
We then hopped on the bus to the end of the line and enjoyed the ...
... in 1616. At that ime he requested a shrine be built in his honour and when completed, his grandson didn't think it grand enough and ordered a more elaborate mausoleum. There is a whole complex devoted to various temples and shrines and each one seems to outdo the other.
Besides the temples, there is absolutely beautiful scenery around these parts, and we look forward to exploring over the next couple of days.
We left our luggage with ...
... to get to know people in Japan due to language barriers, our Japanese is very limited. Not much English is spoken here. I really want to learn more, I'm trying to keep adding words and phrases to my memory and pay close attention to common things said around me. Learning more all the time. I try to say the things I do know often to perfect them. I would love to be able to speak it fluently one day, you never know!
Tomorrow is Cat Cafe and Bonsai garden, should be fun ...
... of the hall. Upon taking off our shoes (which I did wrong and got a heated speaking to by a priest) and entering the hall, another priest made us to wait for the tour. Then spoke in all Japanese! He could clearly tell we wouldn't understand, why make us stand there! Oh well hahah The Hall is named because a bright ringing sound can be heard when two pieces of wood are clapped directly under its head due to the acoustics of the hall.