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... behind. I don't know how many times to have come to altitudes of more then one thousand meters or more, to get down again to sea level again.
For a while it was summerly warm again, jumpers and trousers could be stowed into the bags again, towards the night and specially up in the heights, the cold came back and so the jumpers.
Well, regardless of all that, my mind was focused to reach Kagoshima, my legs did not mind and I ...
... floor as I do. Defeated, I head downstairs to the bathroom in order to fix myself up for the alarming amount of traveling I have in store for me today.
Breakfast. Mmm. One last day of Akemi’s breakfast and then on to pastures hopefully as green as I have them now. I say a quick goodbye to everyone present, I did a proper one the previous night, and pack up my huge bag as the rain starts to fall down. Kazumi offers me a lift to the station and I eagerly accept.
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
... are 5 Johns in this tour group, so it gets a bit confusing) had lunch at the small noodle place in the station. It was that small that I had missed it completely. The udon noodles there were delicious, maybe because we were starving by that stage. There was a roasted chestnut place across the road so I darted off to buy some. Not as large and not as tasty as the ones at the roadside diner that Shigeki took us to.
We were back ...
Next day (Sunday) we had the restored steam train #58654 from Kumamoto to Hitoyshi then
SL Hitoyoshi from Hitoyoshi to Yoshimatsu
through rural Japan stopping 2-3 times at lovely wooden 100 yr old stations. Some stations had food available such as Nashi pears and tempura vegetables
Unfortunately the day was wet, light rain fell nearly all day, the tail end of a ...