Urabandai Royal Hotel
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... Drove to Southern Aizu area to search out the rural *magariya* L-shaped thatch roofed farmhouses
Day 4: Cycled to Kitakata. Sake breweries and 4100 kura (historic clay storehouses)
Day 5: Cycled around Aizu Wakamatsu: Samurai compound.
... Miyajima was a delightful surprise.
I wouldn't take anything in exchange for the ryokan experience -- the room with a delightful view and tatami mats and futons, the yukatas, the private dining, and the communal bathing in a natural hot spring. It was the perfect way to end our time in this remarkable country.
I look forward to many more happy travels with my sister.
... racing over moss-covered rocks. Old gnarled tree limbs reach across the stream.
As they got our room ready, we sat in the lobby at floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the creek's rushing water and a bamboo stand and covered performance stage on the opposite bank. We were served the same bitter green tea I had at the castle's tea house and a red bean jelly-like sweet. Sake was available for pouring. And a very nice sake it was!
... with sukiyaki sauce. We each had a bowl of rice and a raw egg we could beat with our chop sticks and pour over the whole concoction. Delicious! Perfect meal for a night in after a cold, windy day.
We stayed snuggled under the kotaksu and finished the evening with a game of Skip-Bo. (Yeah! I won!) and a couple of episodes of sit-coms Brent had downloaded from the Internet. It was an early-to-bed ...
... and a red bean-filled sweet. The two flavors bounced off each other nicely. I happily enjoyed my snack and sketched two pine trees in the garden.
The castle grounds were teeming with school groups – all ages, kindergarten through high school. The little kids were especially cute running around in their little red shorts and pink or orange caps. Each school has its own uniform, so it was ...