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Back on the bus and back to our hotel. Went out for dinner and had a chicken and rice curry - a welcome change from noodles. The problem in Japan is that most restaurants specialise in one type of food. Noodles places may have some tempura or fish cakes as starters, but otherwise the mains will all be noodles!
There is a lot of very old people in Japan and the majority seem to be women. They ...
... was excellent. Some small German sausages with mustard for 400 yen and 4 mugs of Kirin beer (3 for Rod of course!) and 2 massive bowls of hot soba noodles for 3800 yen or about $40. Absolute bargain. My soba had wild vegetables and was fabulous. We are eating so many noodles we have become excellent slurpers! But am a bit worried about the calories.
Hate our hotel room, can smell cigarette smoke, even though we are in a non smoking ...
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 ...
... we decided to make today an "easy going day". We slept in, travelled by bike, did not fill the day with too many activities and we decided to finish with a massage. Willem went for the foot reflexology and i chose the full body care. We both came to the conclusion that these little Japanese ladies have very strong hands: the massage was half way between torture and heaven. It was fantastic ;) Now we're ready for Kyoto ...
... 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 ...