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Travel Blogs from Ito
We spent 2 fun days, cruising on the lake, riding scenic cable cars up and over the mountains, buses shuttling us around from point to point, and a tramway taking us up to our mountainside hotel. Even the train ride there was a unique experience, a small train chugging up the mountain, with a few switchbacks along the way to overcome the steep climb. I could swear I heard it ...
... Mt Fuji.
That pretty much filled in the day as we got back to our accommodation just in time for dinner. I enjoyed today's meal a bit more than last nights.
Now we have packed all our stuff ready to head off to Takayama tomorrow and I've spent some time relaxing in the Onsen for the last time.
... we have a private one. None of us are keen to go naked with other people.
Dinner was very interesting we had a traditional Japanese meal I didn't like the seafood but the pork and chicken dishes were really nice.
After dinner we returned to our room and I finally got to enjoy some time in the onsen.
Now I'm relaxed and ready to sleep.
... up the courage, and after a bottle of sake, beer and a shot of schoschu, we finally made it to the grand bath. We strategically went immediately after dinner, because no one wants to be completely naked in scalding hot water on a full stomach. Except us, in order to avoid being naked around a bunch of tiny Japanese people. So we went and both agreed it was amazing. We had agreed to meet within 15 minutes (they recommended soaking ...
... balcony looks like something out of a painting. It would be like if the hiking area near North Bend/Mt. Si had a resort town nestled in among its valleys, but with higher elevation. I'm not used to seeing low-flying clouds drift over the landscape to collide with green mountains like this - it's incredibly peaceful here.
Even coming out to the poorer, more rural areas of Japan, a constant source of astonishment to me is ...