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... very sad to see us go. I heard from Yumi after getting home... apparently Shota was "lonely for three days"!! They had a long drive ahead of them and all the cleaning up when they get home yet they were reluctant to leave us. Finally we said goodbye and hugged with tears in our eyes and new memories to cherish.
Alone in the station with time on our hands I looked over to see a very nervous attendant. Made me giggle because I am sure Mayumi and ...
... Four of us then caught the shuttle bus down to the central station, where we were promised there would be lots of restaurants. We finally found one which suited all of us, (one of the party is vegetarian) and we had a very typical meal for around £15. We negotiated the station, the biggest I have ever seen and found the bus station, where we caught a local bus back to our hotel. We felt quite proud of that achievement. And so to bed (as the great diarist said).
... Once we arrived back at the hotel we learned that our big bags were not to be, as they should, delivered by the courier that day. They had been held up as a result of severe weather. Although this could not be helped none of us were very pleased as we had only brought sufficient clothes for 24 hours and had little in the way of toiletries because of the air travel earlier in the day. However the upside was that we couldn't even ...
... everyone using them and they kept the rain off well so at least it
was just our trousers and shoes that got wet. We headed to
Arashiyama; famous for
it's bamboo gardens and monkey park. Unfortunately, the monkey park
was shut due to the heavy rain, but the walk up the raging river and
in the near by park was cool. The bamboo garden is a mass area too
with more temples and very cool to walk through; although the closet
you get to the bamboo is just within ...
... and the climb are brutal today. We take it slow, appreciating every view and platform between climbs, as well as a number of shops and vending machines along the way. One interesting observation on the Japanese laws of inflation: the higher you go, the higher the price of drinks. This law can be observed on all of the mountains we have climbed this trip, which is too many if you ask me.
Hot and sweating(hourray!), we boarded the ...