Shizuoka Grand Hotel Nakajimaya
Travel Blogs from Shizuoka
... of Mt Fuji in the distance. It wasn't easy to get closer, and it's not really the right time of year to climb at the moment. I'm not sure what else to describe here, so I'll just leave you with plenty of photos to look at. ;) The journey back was pretty long, and we accidentally fell asleep when we got back to the hotel, so it was instant noodles from 7-Eleven (I said we loved it!) with our very small "kettle", and some more ice cream. I had wonton soup with glass ...
... but it was nice to wonder
round. Mount Fuji did not want to reveal itself to us but we still
had a great time wondering the town and the Lake, going up to the
fifth station and of course the theme park. There are many more
hiking trails that we would have taken advantage of if we had been
there longer, with Mount Fuji being a place mainly for walkers; so if
you want bright lights and loads of things to see and do then maybe a
visit here shouldn't be your priority.
... Tokyo beat Hiroshima 3-0 on the back of a 3 run homer and solid pitching from a young guy named Sugano who was pitching some great stuff.
All in all, it was a good day of riding followed up by a nice evening in the onsen hotel. I am impressed by the variety of riding in the various regions in Japan that I have been to. Although I haven't really ventured out of central Honshu, the cycling has been first rate.
... photos do it justice. They were released from two points on the river, with one taking over as the other stopped (presumably to set out more rockets and light them). The smoke from both drifted across the surface of the river, occasionally illuminated by the bright colours and explosions occurring overhead. The "oooh's", "ahhh's" and "sugoi's" (Japanese for "That's so cool/awesome!"), interspersed by frequent rounds of spontaneous applause ...
... corn snacks and some instant noodles and stalked home in disgust.
The next day after work I had it all planned out. Chicken, mushroom and tarragon pasta in a cream & cheese sauce. The supermarket had everything I needed; ok so the only pasta you can buy here is spaghetti and they don't do cheddar, but in the end I had made a very respectable Italian dish that both comforted me and satisfied my desire for Western food.
For now at least...