Kumamoto Tokyu Inn
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... Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum. There were many Hakata dolls here and the shop owner showed us many samples and told us about their history and some details about their production. The dolls are very beautiful and the authentic ones that are original in design and hand-painted are very expensive - thousands of dollars. We were directed to a famous shopping street called the Hakata Kawabata Shopping Arcade. It is a 400-meter arcade, the ...
... fish cooked whole in a soy ginger sauce, sea urchin, and river eel. After lunch we wandered through the village taking some time to enjoy a beautiful Japanese garden outside of the restaurant, and an old European style home that belonged to an aristocratic family. The home in now used for weddings and receptions. We also toured quickly through a small museum housing samurai artifacts before taking a shuttle bus back to the train station. We took a ...
... inn) place at Ito about an hour and a half south of Tokyo that had space, happy days I booked up a place in Tokyo for a week and then this place which got me around Golden week, too long in Tokyo for my liking really but beggars can't be choosers eh? So with a few more unglamorous travel chores done like laundry etc I had a chance to have a wander around Kumamoto, visited the customary castle which had some Samurai type ...
... and art pieces are on show inside. We also ran into another couple celebrating their marriage and they allowed us to take a photo of them. The bride was wearing a beautiful kimono.
We finished off, what was a long day, by riding the loop bus around the town before getting the tram (trolley car) back to our stop and walking back to our hotel.
Hope the sun keeps shining. We had our jumpers off for the first time in weeks!
A truly great day.
On a lighter note, this is Hagi a town filled with pottery and orange groves. A place to sooth the soul with beauty. Bizarrely there was a gigantic modern building dedicated to ceramics in this quiet little island town. Incredible professional pottery in the museum and shops overflowing with more pots. No vanilla ice cream in this town, only orange. Made a change from seeing green tea ice ...