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And so we are continuing the story of our October trip to Japan.
After getting to Niigata station on a regular train, we transferred to Shinkansen Max Toki to IchigoYuzawa station.
A car from our next planned ryokan was waiting for us already at Ichigo Yuzawa. The driver was easy to recognize - he was in a traditional Japanese outfit with the ryokan symbol on the back.
On the way we stopped at a "covered street" - just a sidewalk with a roof over it, that was very cool according to the driver -
since you can walk there with no umbrella in the rain.
This place is called Bokushi street in Shiozawa city, it is build according to Edo period standards.
At the ryokan first of all we were seated in the waiting area and given some tea and sweets.
And then we were accompanied to our room that we immediately photographed while it was still a day.
The important feature of this ryokan is its history. It was established over 200 years ago and the buildings of the time are still in use,
so you are essentially living in a 200 years old museum. There's also no second floor above the living rooms as the original
owner concluded it's disrespectful to allow guests to "walk on heads of other guests".
Overall the room is also pretty big, probably not any less than the Tachibana-Ya one.
Then we walked around the ryokan itself.
Along the hallway we also found something like an old-style library with a fireplace and such.
While we were walking around the time for dinner came, and as is usual for such places, the dinner was great.
And then a breakfast
By the way, Niigata prefecture is also famous for its Koshihikari rice, so we also bought a sack of it here. And of course some sake.
Since in this Ryokan we only stayed for a single night, we decided to see everything around in the morning.
Surrounding garden and pond were bigger than in the previous one, the fish also looked healthier.
And then, time to check out and move to our next destination.
From Niigata we went straight to Kyoto (JR Pass is a very great thing!).
And of course while in Kyoto we went to Tenshi no Sato again, because in one of those days they had a seasonal flower event, and we also wanted to see our friends too.
Ren and Arabella meet again
All of them were waiting patiently for us to finish with the cakes
They probably decided to realize her wishes and that's when he appeared out of the mirror!
Who sent him here through all these mirrors?
And come up with your own ideas about what happened next
A few frames are also missing here, history omitted them.
And then we were asked not to disturb them anymore! (more frames missing). Interested parties can ask Ksusha for a private copy.
"If you ever feel alone and the glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I'm always parallel on the other side" (c)
And at the same time little angels were enjoying this story from a biiig chair.
Also they had some pictures taken with flowers.
It's already evening outside and and a lot fewer people compared to the opening time, let's take another look at the first floor of the Tenshi no Sato.
Towards the end we also walked a bit in the garden.
After Tenshi no Sato we went to one of traditional restaurants of Arashiyama for dinner.
I guess it's worth going to Japan even if only just for their food
And that's the end of today's report - next day we went back to Tokyo and on the same day flew back home.