Japan. Onsen Explorer Day
Onsen travel Explorer Day 7. Mach 7 2019
Today is a short train ride to Aomori where we catch Shinkansen to the Kikonai, Hokkaido under the Tsugaru Straight. Enjoyable journey with a smooth and calm train. After changing into our cycling clothes, we headed south and around the coast to Matsumae. The first stop is at the Shinto Temple where we are told about how they operate and how to pray. Ring the bell, bow twice, clap twice, pray and bow once before the last ring.
About 25 km farther away, we saw our van and trailer entering the deep ditch and Ken looked confused. Apparently he stopped to take a photo and failed to apply the hand brake where he chose the least resistant road – vertically down. Ken called to ask for help, but fortunately after an hour or so, a passing truck pulled him out to continue the trip safely. Meanwhile we stopped for lunch at a roadside restaurant in Fukushima. Egg noodle soup is noodles and bean sprouts in soy sauce with a piece of pork floating on it without any signs of eggs.
When we were about to leave, Ken arrived in the van with a slight split into the plastic front bumper, a lucky unmarked man. We shoot along the coast with a tail wind at a very high speed – yes. We finally arrived at the Onsen at 3:45 p.m. and went to see Matsumae castle before it was closed. Then go to the outdoor Onsen to relax before entering the onsen for pickles before dinner. After dinner, we have other Japanese lessons before our briefing tomorrow, which looks quite flat along the coast. We had a surprise at dinner with a variety of maybe 10 meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
The biggest surprise is a pointed anemone creature with a hole in it with little meat in it to eat. The worst part is that the creatures are still alive and moving their tentacles. Right when we were stuck in another dish this arrived with a large squid on it, which I was told was quite delicious by some brave souls. I’m afraid I don’t want to experiment today. All in all the food was good and quite filling. Beds give deep signs and nightmares sea creatures wobbling on the cover.