Tottori Green Hotel Morris
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Three train rides, a rural bus ride, and a tranquil hike up a mountain carries me from Japan's southern coast to a small monastery in central north Japan
The bus drops me in the middle of nowhere and I hike in drizzling rain up the 2 ½ mile, sliver-thin road that winds up the mountain. The final 150 ft. climb is across a moss-covered rock staircase that squeezes through a dense pine forest with just remnants of light reaching the forest floor.
Rich green rice paddies, a rich variety of mountain panoramas, tiny towns with crystal clear mountain brooks, traditional tiled roof/ bamboo slat houses, river-bridge views of modern, organized and clean cities – traveling by rail in Japan gives a sampling-platter of Japanese life. The cutting-edge bullet train feels like a rocket ship, but the local trains that slice through the ...
There were two main goals of the day: find a beach to go to, and visit the Tottori Sand Dunes. Like the day before we hadn't really planned out the beach part. It's a coastline. There are beaches everywhere. But while that's a true statement, it isn't always obvious if a beach is a good place or not.
We left the onsen feeling refreshed. The breakfast was good and filling, and I got a jar of the local milk out of a vending machine. I only got the milk because it was sold ...
... like walking in the snow pile. On the other hand, other tourists didn't care about the piled snow and they were heading for the peak of the highest dune called "Horseback". Thanks to them, there was a beaten path up to there. The view from the top was great in all directions. One guy was so carried away, walking down to the foot of the 90 meter high dune. There was a pond called "the oasis" at the foot, ...
... an English menu, and ate there. It was a nice dinner, a few bits of sashimi, some edamame beans, some yakitori etc. We headed back to our hotel through the constant rain to our hotel. Tottori is a fairly nondescript town and we were there on Sunday which meant that many shops were closed, which made it even more boring and provincial. It kind of reminded me of Slough in its pure ...