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Had to happen sooner or later. The rain has been falling since early this morning, and doesnt look like it will stop any time soon. After the free hotel breakfast we grab our umbrellas and head out. Still managed to see a lot, and the town is very crowded with tourists. We spend quite a bit of time inside the historic little shops sampling all types of food and pickles, miso soup, rice crackers etc. In fact we skip lunch as we eat so many samples.
... with a wheel float that was used to turn corners. The drivers wind down a small wheel, and the two front wheels come up, allowing the pushers to change direction.
We then went into another museum containing a one-tenth scale replica of the 28 buildings of the Toshogu shrine at Nikko. It was interesting being able to look at the entire masoleum, and enjoy the beautiful carvings, which you can't really see in the full size version. It ...
... polite; the trolley hostess on finishing her rounds turns to face the carriage and bows. Once again the staff bow to you on the platform as you disembark. Virgin trains could learn a few tips here!
Mid - journey we happen to look out of the train window and lo and behold, Mt Fuji in all it's glory. Majestic - Fuji dominates the skyline, an almost perfect volcanic cone topped with snow. It has really hit home that we are in Japan. ...
After moving on every couple of days, we decided to enjoy 5 nights in one spot. Takayama was a lovely little town with the river running through it and shrines galore amongst the cedar trees. The town is renowned for its carpentry and its Hida beef. Both are excellent!! The beef is usually cut very thinly so it melts in your mouth. ...
This morning we had a traditional japanese breakfast in the guest house.this comprised a variety of small portions of salad,fish,rice,miso soup,egg and bacon served with green tea. It was a feast. More tasty titbits were had as we visited the morning market where local delicacies can be sampled:pickled radish,ginger,wasabi,dried blueberries and soya tea. We took the opportunity to buy a fridge magnet and paper lantern! ...