Route Inn Toyama Ekimae
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... in the world, and the snow tunnel is pretty amazing. This year the snow tunnel is 19 metres high. Now that is a lot of snow
After visiting the tunnel i head off on foot to see the frozen lake and some mountain views. Its not that cold up here, probably around 5 to 6 degrees. Walking through the ankle deep snow is hard work so i dont notice the cold.
Now its time to queue again to get down the mountain. I arrive back at the hotel around 7pm. What a great day.
It had rained quite heavily during the night and was still raining. There was no news to say that the train was cancelled, so we went ahead. Luckily, the carriages were covered. The view was different in the rain and the water was no longer turquoise but brown. The leaves were turning golden, even from yesterday. There was a lot more water in the river and there were a lot more waterfalls.
Because of the rain, we ...
... and I didn't touch and dessert was mango pudding and some small Japanese plums that tasted like a mix between plums and grapes. Joseph had the pudding and I had his plums.
After dinner, it was back to the room for more laundry. The staff had made our beds up and rolled out the futons. I should have placed another mattress underneath. Just having only one futon was a little hard. It will be two tomorrow night.
Aging population has its effect in rural areas, or non-metropolitan places. The slow train that takes us into downtown was mostly students in it. Glad that the weather is much better, and we can see the Shingansen beside the railway. By now one can take Shingansen to Kaneda.
It's exciting to rent a hybrid car (first time to drive one) in Japan (second time to drive on the left side of the road). Last time I did it ...
... language to say hello in...and it's raining.
- Stakes used for tying down various tarps which leap out and grab your pants legs, bite your ankles or shins and are especially perfect for wrapping toes around.
- Random and sometimes large holes in the ground...where the stake used to be, but is no longer. Great for falling in, especially when filled with water.
- Port-o-potties. Enough said.