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... the Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Gardens. It looked very crowded at first, with lots of tour groups, but we soon got away from all that havoc and found peaceful spaces to enjoy.
The castle construction showed superb craftsmanship. Some of it had been destroyed by fire and expertly rebuilt from old drawings. It is larger than we expected and the grounds and structures kept in immaculate ...
... beside remnants of an old moat adjoining the river. A lady had a traditional broom sweeping up all the leaves. It was late afternoon with only a handful of people around. I spied a couple of taxis pull up near the old houses and we were lucky to see 5 geisha girls leave to go to appointments. Tried to get a photo but not quick enough, but excited to actually see them.
We walked for hours through back streets and ended up back ...
We took the train to Shinano Omachi, then bus to Ogizawa and scrambled over Mt kurobedairi and Mt Tateyama, arrived in Toyama that night Amazing mountains and autumn leaves. Had Japanese tempura set meal for lunch - ok but too many vegetables, not enough prawns. Worse pasta ever for dinner. But we found Tim Tams, Nutella and bread sticks in a ...
... on the side walk as there is no bike lane. We first went to the Geisha district. A small street with old wooden houses were Geishas would entertain their guests, playing music and serving tea. And we also strolled through the temple district. After that, we cycled our way to the samurai district and we had lunch at a cooking school. It was really tasty: soup, duck in a sauce, rice, pickled veggies, ... While sitting ...
... You get the picture. And OK, since not so long ago, the shinkansen travels to Kanazawa, but I still had this idyllic picture in mind. Therefore I was surprised to see a brand new trainstation, shops like Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton and apparently other big brands that I don't even know of, and a lot of tourists. As the city is smaller than Tokyo, the tourists are even more obvious. We checked ourselves in at the hotel and went ...