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Our first port. Dolphins escorted us into the port past snow capped mountains. We took a trip to Nebuta village to see the lanterns decorated for their annual parade. Then off to the Hirosaki Castle, over 200 years old and surrounded by Castle Park and 2600 cherry blossom trees most of which were in bloom. What a sight ! In the afternoon we saw the Buddhist temples and the Seibi-en Japanese garden, which gave us more ideas for our own ...
... if I could get to the top of the second peak. The second peak was actually an easier climb.
On top of the second peak (Ido-dake) there is a small Shinto Shrine that was totally encased in ice and snow. They get so much wind across these peaks that there is actually very little snow on top or along the ...
... o) ....but thus far, I've enjoyed everything I've tried.
Overall, it was a interesting experience. As reserved as the Japanese people are day-to-day, they do "let their hair down" and have some fun when it comes to festival time. :o)
Here's a little video action:
And a few more pictures:
... were provided free of charge.
I tracked down J the next morning, after having soaked some more in several of the baths. He told me that he'd managed to get a bed in one of the dedicated sleeping rooms, where the lights were turned completely off. Still, I hadn't slept too badly, and my lingering fatigue was nothing a little caffeine couldn't fix. Soon, we were on the road for real, this time heading west and north.
... to the street by the helpful Staff-san, I tried to get Navi-chan (the car's navigation system) to help me out, to no avail. I've rarely had any trouble with navigation systems before in Japan, but for some reason, this one refused to cooperate, and continued to refuse to cooperate the whole time I had the car. Finally, I just shut her off, keeping the map on. I'd done my research ahead of time and knew exactly where we were going.
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