Lake Harunako is about 30 kms from Takasaki. We took the bus from in front of the JR Station (bus no 2) It took around an hour and 20 minutes to get to the lake and we did not expect to see what was there. The lake was completely frozen over. Quite strange to see boats on the shore of a frozen lake. The lake is actually the caldera of a dormant volcano – Mt Harunafuji, the large mountain in […]
Takasaki is famous for the Daruma Doll which is traditionally bought at the beginning of the year with the eyes blank. A wish is made and the left eye is painted in. If the wish comes true the other eye is painted in and at the end of the year the Daruma is returned to the temple.
Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo and then changed for Takasaki. Takasaki is a small town in the Gunma Prefecture surrounded by mountains. First day went to Mt Kannonyama to see the cavern. Taxi up there but walked 80 minutes to get back to the hotel. No taxis or buses. The cavern was built by a business man who started building in 1919 and continued building till he died in 1964. The tunnel was built using sheer manpower with shovels and […]
A few photos from the two week language course taken at the Kyoto International Academy of Japanese Language. Still can’t converse in Japanese but had a fantastic time and learned a lot. Only three of us were taking the two week study tour course. Mornings spent in the classroom and afternoons having adventures in Kyoto. Classes were all done in Japanese – no English. Even learned some Katakana and Hiragana.