Shiga Highland Hotel
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Journeyed cross country between two railway lines by bus - Takayama to Matsumoto, and then caught a train to Nagano. The bus ride was over a pretty big mountain range although a lot of it was through tunnels some of which were pretty impressive in length. Very scenic ride.
Stopped off in Matsumoto for about 6 hours to have a look around - mainly at the castle. I left my backpack at the railway lockers so ...
... at the Associa Takayama Resort which if known for its magnificent onsen. Maybe we will try them tonight.
I have forgotten to mention how impeccably clean the Japanese are. I have shown and described the toilets but many bathrooms (including public) also have special "toilet slippers" to wear in the bathroom. They never wear shoes into their houses but always take off at the door and walk in their socks.
... everything else was closed and the buildings weren't so very pretty. Still, we felt proud of ourselves for successfully negotiating the metro system.
The hotel's Japanese restaurant was full, so 3 of us, single ladies, had a very indifferent meal in their Chinese restaurant. Those who managed to get into the Japanese restaurant had an excellent, but at £80 each, a very pricy supper. At least ours didn't cost much.
... as we drove to a Wasabi farm. Here we attended a cookery course to make wasabi pickles, which was fun, but I think the finished product will probably end up in the bin. It tasted like green humus! We also had a chance to try wasabi ice cream, a little bit hot and wasabi drink which tasted a little like lime juice. Wasabi grows in fast running water a bit like ...
Finally in our room on the second floor and it is simply stunning. Everything about the hotel location, design and fitout was stunning.
Down for a thermal spa in the men's public bath house. Indoor and out
Dress for dinner to be served a degustation meal of traditional Japanese food. Eight courses later we are absolutely stuffed but feeling very privileged.
As the wi-fi service is not good, it is back to our heavenly room for a good sleep on large single beds.