One of Japans' Most Beautiful Places
four great days in Kyoto it was time to move on. Amanohashadate
is on the northern shore of Japan, facing the Sea of Japan and is
connected by train to Kyoto. We caught our bus (after 10am to try
and avoid squishing people with our big bags) and then caught a train
north. We stopped to change trains and grab lunch in Toyo-oka - a
small inland town. The areas around train stations are always
different than the rest of town, but these two vending machines caught
my eye - the beer vending machine sells cans up to 1 litre and the sake
vending machine sells containers up to 900ml.
Japan made a list of the three most scenic views in
Japan. Amanohashadate - "Bridge to Heaven" is one of
them. This long strip of sand and trees crossing the harbor is
what people come to see. If you are going to stay, you might as
well stay at Genmyoan
- it has the prized view from every room.
Genmyoan is classic Ryokan (Japanese Inn) built in the style of an
English cottage. Ihe materials are luxurious - the stone entrance
way where you take off your shoes and put on slippers is a work of
art. The Tatami mats are springy and smell very fresh. The
Yukata were sized to us, and the tanzen (outer jacket for warmth in the
fall/winter) was nice. Andrea's set came with three obi (belts) -
but our maid helped us through that. Tabi socks (which didn't
really fit me) were included.
It was early afternoon so
David, Mark and I went for a walk while Andrea stayed up in the hotel
and painted. When we went through the lobby, the manager asked if
we wanted a ride down the hill. When we politely refused, he
mentioned there was a phone at the bottom of the hill - we could use it
when we got back and he would drive down and give us a ride up.
The village at the bottom was quite - we are far off tourist
season. We met a few foreign tourists walking around, but the
tourist stores selling regional food and treats were pretty much
empty. The spit was quite.
All too soon it was time to go back for dinner. We walked back up
the hill (we couldn't ask the manager to come get us - that was just
wrong) and took in the view once more. We were served dinner in a
different room - our maid served us a half a dozen courses, all very
well presented. The desert was pealed grapes and pear.
After dinner we used the hotel
bath (The view was closed off because of the cold), and Andrea used the
huge tub in the room. They had an interesting selection of reading
in the entertainment room, but all too soon I went back and to sleep.
I woke up early to take in the view. All too soon, we needed to
be on a train in what turned out to be the longest day of train riding
any human has ever had to endure.
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