Petit Hotel Generous Karuizawa
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On our way to America we had an 11 hour stop over in Japan. The boys and I thought we'd get a visa for the day and go for a look around Japan. The speed train took us directly to the city from Narito airport which was roughly an hour away. The train ride was a bit expensive setting us back about $100 AUS each but very much worth the experience, not many people can say they have experienced sushi in ...
... it wasn't bad!); and people's hospitality and availability, even when they are not able to say a single word in English. And last but not least, we are immensely grateful to our hosts for taking such good care of us!
If you're interested in what we have been doing, you can find the webpage we have been contributing to here, including our review.
... town with many tourists, who come especially for the delicious chestnuts and sweets made of chestnuts.
Today we went to a mountain area nearby to visit a waterfall and see (along with many other buses of Japanese tourists) the koyo, the wonderful shades of yellows, oranges, and reds that the trees have right now! The colours are so strong and varied that it is a really beautiful sight.
Once reached Nagano by highway bus, we took the local train to Suzaka, 30 minutes away. It was peak time for kids going to school, and it was so interesting to notice that they all have to wear the same bag, a black (for the boys) or red (for the girls) leather backpack that looks very old-fashionable, not so comfortable, but very cute!
We were picked up ...
... in 2009.
In the middle of the lava flows was a shrine - Kannon-ji - whose peacefulness was shattered by a bus load of local teenage lasses, full of exhuberance! Kevin and Joannie rang the bell at the shrine but the sound recording does not reflect its haunting chime.
Having missed luch, we bought a snack from a nearby stall, which was pounded rice balls, skewered and wrapped in nori seaweed.
We took the ...