ilmare is an Italian restaurant located near Odawara fishing harbour. All the fish is freshly caught each day. Food was wonderful and the company was great. Thank you Hanatani san Satoko san, Ura san & Yuko san. David and I had a lovely day. Satoko san is a sushi artist and teacher. Too good to eat.
Bus trip to Lake Towado which is a very deep double caldera lake of an active volcano that last erupted in 915AD . Our guide told us there is only one other double caldera lake in the world and that is in the USA Here are some pretty pictures from our cruise around the lake. Shame about the lack of blue skies in most of my photos. Most of the trip was overcast. Went on the ropeway that carries up […]
The Seikan Railway Tunnel was opened in 1988 connecting Honshu & Hokkaido. The tunnel runs 240 metres below the Tsugau Straight and 100 metres below the seabed and is 53.85 km long. We went through the tunnel a few years ago. Next stop was the Sumo Origins Museum where some of the boys got to try on the Mawashi (sumo belt) Sumo ring (dohya) at the Sumo Shrine As a woman this is one of a few dohya […]
On tour to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park to row canoes through the wetlands. Very pleasant way to spend the day. A huge pod of Dolphins entertained us soon after leaving Kushiro. Next day was at sea – scenic cruising.
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 3 hour trip on the Shinkansen south gets you to the very tidy and well laid out city of Kokura. We took the monorail to the Tanga Market and then walked over the bridge to the Castle, Yasaka Shrine and the Riverwalk. The Old and New – Kokura Castle and in the background some of the fabulous buildings on the River Walk Yasaka Shrine Takoyaki (octopus balls)
In October I took the Sagano Scenic Railway, also known as the Romantic Train to Kameoka for the Hozugawa River Run to Arashiyama. After a fun wild ride down the river we ended up in Arashiyama for lunch Beer and cuttlefish – yum!!!!