Travel Blogs from Nanao
We are deep in the Noto area at the Hijakuraku-so hotel. We chose one of the older Japanese rooms and it is our most beautiful suite yet. It sits low on the corner of the building and looking through forests we see the Bay and a river feeding in to it The room is all windows and sliding doors and screens and the birds that live outside are varied in color and shape and song. There are fishing boats in the water below puttering back to the shore with their fish. The hotel has ...
... us to the van for the rest of the afternoon, so very reluctantly, we left a little bit in the bottle, and headed out on the road again.
Another 15 miles brought us to the end of today’s ride, and the van drove us the rest of the way to Wakura Onsen, a famous hot springs in this area, which is very well known to Japanese travelers. In fact, a bus load of 50+ Japanese travelers was unloading just as we arrived, but our private dining arrangements mean that ...
... were fantastic.
We started our bike ride from the front of our ryokan, and headed down the beautiful coast highway. The views are incredibly picturesque as we meander down this (mostly level) road, which alternates between one and two lanes. After a somewhat steep climb, we reach a lookout point which provides wonderful views of the rocky coast in both directions, including the fishing boats with long lines and nets ...
... which is the headquarters of the Jodo-Shinsu sect of buddhism, founded in the 17th century by a monk named Shindon, whose statue sits near the entrance to the temple.
Mrs. Iiyama greeted us as we entered the Fukushoji Temple, and welcomed us to a traditional vegetarian lunch, presented in a beautifully decorated private room. She is reputed to be the best chef in the area, and frequently prepares meals for ...
So started the morning with a great local mountain region breakfast. So far I've eaten more entire fried fish than I have in my entire life. Since I'm the only one at the hotel I got the best room and am getting waited on hand and foot! It makes for a tough meal time though, I need to try everything so that the cook isn't offended, and the food is actually all great. The main problem is that they just keep bringing it out! ...
Other places to stay in Nanao
Wakura Onsen, Nanao | Hotelfrom $128
31-1 Moto Fuchumachi Ha, Nanao | 3 star hotelfrom $87
Wakura Onsen, Nanao | Hotelfrom $137
Wakura Onsen, Nanao | Hotelfrom $81
1 Shinmei-cho, Nanao | Hotelfrom $70
2 Misogicho , Nanao | Hotelfrom $40