Nikko Palace Hotel Ota
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... falls. Our guide recommended climbing the 250 steps to the top of the falls and Lake Yunoko. Even though Will was full of pent up energy, he was daunted by the uneven and leaf-covered steps and asked to be carried. The mountain air was so refreshing that even with the additional load on my back, I longed to spend the entire day hiking. Will sprinted off the second I put him down and we jogged across a bridge and around the southern shores of Lake Yunoko. I longed to explore ...
... cycling along today. I was more just enjoying a final ride in Japan and perhaps the year as the cold, wet weather has returned to Vancouver. In essence, cycling in Japan has all of the above features but it's also a fun, cool place to ride your bike.
But back to yesterday's ride. I was able to make good time on the cycling road to the lake, arrived during the lunch hour and made my way to the restaurant I had found on Google Maps. I wasn't sure it was open as there ...
... a road side stand selling red bean pastries, a classic Asian dessert. It was a pancake-like batter with a red bean paste filling. The price was an amazing 100 yen for three. If this were Tokyo, they would operate out of a boutique in Ginza and charge you 100 yen for one. People were buying 15 at a time for 500 yen and the woman was bagging them and wrapping the bag with nice wrapping paper. Even a roadside stand ...
... a trek.
I'm sometimes surprised at how your legs can push down on the pedals for thousands of revolutions during a long ride, especially when you're going uphill. You would think that your muscles would fatigue and give out, like when you're doing squats at the gym, even with a relatively light weight. I was able to keep chugging away albeit it was slow at times. Although I would stop to take some photos on the way up, after reaching the summit, I headed straight back ...
We had a bit of a sleep in this morning before we went and met up with Seiji who was kind enough to offer to show us around Tokyo! He showed us how to purchase the Pasmo cards which was a godsend and made subway travel so much easier! We went to Akihabura for a look around electric town and then to Asakusa for some market stall shopping and a visit to the temple. I was lucky enough to stumble across a knife shop and hand selected ...
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