Nest Hotel Kumamoto
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... our decision to book all our train legs before we left Tokyo was the right way to go.
The Shinkasen is the Sakura which reaches a top speed of 300km an hour and it was noticeably faster than the previous bullet trains we had ridden on. You have this urge to fasten your seat belt as it is so much like air travel. Again, there was lots of tunnels, but we got good glimpses of the verdant green hilly countryside, the rice and vegetable ...
... Canal City before walking back to our hotel. We were pretty exhausted after a day of walking and shopping so we relaxed for a couple of hours before heading out for dinner. We didn't want to go very far, nor have too large a meal so we found the perfect place right across the street from our hotel - a place called Sukiya where they served simple one bowl meals called gyu-don, beef or pork cooked with vegetables served on top of rice. John had a delicious curry ...
... fish cooked whole in a soy ginger sauce, sea urchin, and river eel. After lunch we wandered through the village taking some time to enjoy a beautiful Japanese garden outside of the restaurant, and an old European style home that belonged to an aristocratic family. The home in now used for weddings and receptions. We also toured quickly through a small museum housing samurai artifacts before taking a shuttle bus back to the train station. We took a ...
... to the visitor centre which is at the base of the smoking volcano. From here we were going to catch the last bus of the day down to Aso. We had heard from another backpacker that it was easy to hitchhike back down to town so we decided to start walking and if we had no luck, the bus would pass us. After at least 20 minutes of walking there was no sign of the bus and not many people were passing. Finally our luck changed. ...
... had some really nice stuff. I wish I could have bought more. Then it was time to walk to our ryokan which was about 25 minutes out of town. The walk was really nice and we easily found Ryukeien, where we staying. From the first welcome it was amazing. Our hostess took us to our room and showed us everything. Then she took us around the ryokan and showed us where the onsen were. Then we got taken back to our room where she served us green tea. Our room was large ...