Sendai and Matsushima
Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
19Trip End Mar 07, 2009
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Where I stayed
Sendai Chitose Youth Hostel
I then went to Sendai to see one of the top three sights in Japan (according to the Japanese) which is nearby Matsushima Bay. The bay is full of around 250 small islands and it is very beautiful. I spent a day wandering around the area in the snow and also fell into a small hole (which was covered in snow - hoew was I to know?!). There is a clear difference between the cosmopolitan cities and the smaller cities in terms of the attitude of the Japanese towards you. Up there I was much more of an alien and it felt a bit weird.
I stayed in a traditional guesthouse which was lovely - but I woke up this morning to find my room was 9 degrees. Why do they think paper walls will be acceptable in the snow??? Can't upload pictures on this computer unfortunately.
I am now in Kyoto but I'll write more about that in a couple of days....
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