Takada Station Hotel
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... in a big way. They have no central heat in this farmhouse, so it was quite cold. This area gets a lot of snow in the winter.
It was about and 1.5 hour ride to the World Heritage Site. The ride was beautiful though as we started up into the Japanese Alps. This small village of Shirakawa-go is noted for its wooden houses with very thick thatched roofs. They are called Zasso-Sikuri houses. The family lived ...
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.
... but minus the bubbles and it is completely naturally heated. As it was still raining we did put the umbrella over us to try and stop the cold rain from spoiling it. After a nice soak in the onsen we were both feeling very relaxed.
Mr Yumoto had shown us some menus with recommendations from previous guests for nearby restaurants. We chose one and asked where it was but unfortunately we were there on a Sunday night in off peak season and it was ...
... do so for just over 20 km to the pass. My legs felt better today; I felt like I had more power and was climbing with more speed than yesterday but the niggly knee problem remained.
Although I started the climb in bright sunshine, as I rode higher, clouds seemed to roll in to make for foggy conditions and the temperature dropped. The higher I went, the thicker the fog. Any thought of spectacular views had basically disappeared as I could see no vistas at all. ...
... the whole block will go up so must check it on the way back past tomorrow. We took a taxi from the train station to the ryokan where we are staying. Normally they offer a pick up service but we were quite early. When we arrived the host offered to drive us straight up to the monkey park so we took him up on his offer. He took us as far as the car could go and we walked the rest, about 20 mins on foot. It's not a particularly well developed site, which is probably a good thing, but ...
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