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This whole area felt very much like the Lake-District, possibly due to the weather, but also the stone walls and trees.
Moving through Chion-in, we ended up in Maruyama-Koen (park), which was gearing up for the locals' Hanabi (Cherry Blossom Parties). Nestled amongst the blooming trees were lots of food stalls and people in Kimonos taking selfies.
As we left the park the flow of the crowd ...
... with unbelievable views of mixed fall-color trees with evergreens and many had started to lose their leaves, so it looked like a multi-colored snowfall. We drank in the sights and were all pleased to have such a spectacular experience of autumn during our year of mostly temperate, spring-like weather.
One day, as we were going home from the Imperial Palace Park, we got some ice-cream. As I completed my somewhat indelicate practice of pushing the ...
... This was a lot of fun as Noriko lived 35 years ago in Basel and she started to learn German 10 years ago. We spoke German all the time and this was very nice, the food as well.
After lunch we said good bye to Noriko and continues to visit an UNESCO world heritage site the Kiyomizu-dera temple [de / en] which was another highlight ...
Off we went through the pass to Nyu-yamasemi Onsen north of the Kumano Kodo on the Nyuno River arriving during a monsoon like rainfall. I'm thinking.... eight kids and seven adults in two cabins in the rain!! That's when someone heard my plea and the sun came out. We had beautiful weather for the rest of that day and the next.
So nice to see the kids playing outside. The Onsen, situated on the river side, has a hand powered trolley ...
- Another cool day