TripAdvisor Reviews Tokiwa Ryokan Izunokuni
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... then we rushed the last 3/4 in about 5 minutes! We finally got to Ito and collected our car for three days. This region doesn't feature in the Lonely Planet but is a popular tourist spot for Japanese. We head south down the coast road and there are some lovely views. The countryside is rugged with little tunnels through the hills, vaguely reminiscent of the drive between the south of France and Italy with pretty towns built into the hillside. The drive in parts is quite ...
... We all went out to dinner afterwards and wondered....did we just have dinner with the future mayor of Nagasaki? Cool! We then went to see night life in Osaka. We went to a place called Dotonbori known for its food and big signs. Wow, Vegas and New York watch out. There were so many lights and big signs it was crazy! Japanese like big lights, action and they seem to do it to beat New York! After this, exhausted, we called it a ...
We decided to take a Viator tour (run by Sunshine Tours, Tokyo CIty Tours, Hatobus company) to see Mount Fuji. We were supposed to visit two observation stations on the mountain, have lunch, do a lake cruise, take a cable car to get a view of the mountain and take the bullet train back to Tokyo.
The trip was a complete and total wash - pretty much literally. Heavy rain was forecast all day. After a 2 hour bus ride to get to the mountain, we found out that ...
... look very nice for the few minutes that was clear.
We checked in at the hotel which is a traditional Japanese hotel with mats and no shoes in the room. It has it's own hot spring in the basement. We went for a nice soak. The hot spring pools are segregated and no clothes are allowed.
Dinner was traditional Japanese banquet called Kaiseki. It was more of an art display than a meal. Six courses later, we were full. Sake was great. ...
... the village the narrow road snakes back up and after a while connects with the 136 again. The road goes through many tunnels, the vistas are beautiful, unfortunately you can't stop anywhere to take it all in and take pictures because of the narrow, winding road. At Lovers' Cape there is a large parking lot and we stop there. There is a small gift shop and a small shrine and a hiking trail takes you to an observation deck where you can ring the Love Call Bell. It's a ...
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