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... and culture of the Japanese Edo period. The park historically reenacts the life during the days of the Shogun, from 1603 to 1867. All the staff are suitably attired and there are replicas of old shops and wares. Now it is a little kitch, but no more than others of its kind. We enjoyed a very exciting Ninja battle, where the stealth warriors of Japan were in pursuit of their target. There was a lot of jumping, hiding, ...
... having a mixture of chicken skewers, meatballs on skewers, with rice and noodles. There was also a very deliciious sauce. Washed down with Japanese tea - declicious!
A big surprise was that it started to snow as we made out way to the bus stop - absolutely freezing.
Our hotel is not in the town but up on the side of one of the mountains. I noticed they have an electric blanket - I wouldn't be surprised if that is used tonight!
... of the rides looked like they were built in the 80's and haven't been updated since.. okay I'll also say that a lot about the park was pretty impressive, Apparently this park was built as an exact replica of the original Californian park and is the second most visited theme park in the world. And you could tell.. the wait times for the rides were pretty bad considering it was freezing and raining all day long. that was until the end of the day when we managed to squeeze in like ...
... where I looked offered a new visual experience and exploration.
Stop #3 was Futarasan Shrine which is located right beside next to Toshogu. We stumbled upon this shrine by accident and weren't really sure what to look at here. We ended up entering the paid fair garden instead of checking out the free temple because we were unaware haha The grounds seemed to be much older then its lavish neighbour Toshogu, but still really majestic. The sun ...
Day in Ashikaga, in Tochigi, finally a day together.
First a visit to a old dishes exhibition, most of all dating from 1600. Little piece of Japan history.
Then after, going to the flower park, where is held a rose festival... but it was late in the season, nearly no more roses.
But the goal was also the illuminations.
So, we eat something while waiting, the takoyaki are not bad, but far from the ...