Ginzan Onsen ( #銀山温泉 : Silver Mountain Hot Spring) is a secluded hot spring town nestled in the mountains of #Yamagata Prefecture.
It’s famous for the pedestrian street where #ryokans (traditional wooden houses) line up on 2 sides with small river running between them. Several wooden foot bridges connect the 2 sides. Walking around here gives one a nostalgic feel of Japan of long time ago.
Kosekiya Bekkan (where we stayed) is one of the 12 retro inns with private bath. We paid ¥36,000 ($320) for an overnight stay with spectacular breakfast and dinner. A bit expensive to stay along the strip but it gives you opportunity to experience the place at night when all the ryokans are lit. ▫️
If you just want to experience the public bath (as a day trip) and stay in nearby town with cheaper hotels, the town has 2 public baths (¥300-500) and 1 free foot bath.
There’s not a lot to do here since the street is very short, you can visit the small waterfall 22m at the end of the street. It supplies the gushing river that runs along the town. As this was originally a silver mining town, hence the name, visitors can visit the mine entrance that has been preserved from 500yrs ago.
To get there:
Yamagata Shinkansen (Covered by #JRPASS ) from Tokyo Station to Oishida Station (3hr). Take scheduled buses to Ginzan Onsen (¥700) or your Ryokan can arrange free pick up for you if you call in advance. #japanrailpass#ginzanonsen#visitjapan
Love that my Dad loves Japan 😊 #lovesharingjapanwithyoukevvie
Kyoto bound and hoping for a view of Mt Fuji.
Always ask for seats D or E if you’re travelling between Osaka/Kyoto/Nagoya and Tokyo.
If the weather is good, you’ll get an amazing view of Mt Fuji that will last a good 10mins.
Get your camera ready about an hour out of Tokyo station 🗻
Yes, we survived eating blowfish while in Japan!!!! 🐡 So how did we end up at one of the best and safest places for fugu aka blowfish i. Japan?? Well courtesy of the adventurous stomach of yours truly of course. Sure I had to get Angie on board first, and who could blame her? Diaphragm paralysis doesn’t sound fun to me either. Cue the episode of The Simpson’s where Homer ate the blowfish and thought he was going to die. But that’s all a myth...sort of. It is actually true that parts of the blowfish contain a toxin that’s deadly to humans, but that’s why it takes a very skilled chef to be able to serve blowfish. In fact, it requires a government issued license, which the chef only has to renew if and when they’ve had a poisoning incident. Side note, our chef has had his original license since 1992!!! So at a tiny restaurant with just 3 workers, in one of Kyoto’s many alleys, in an establishment that just serves fugu, we had more than a meal, we had an entire fugu experience. We had fugu prepared so many ways; sashimi, grilled, boiled, and fried. All of them so different, and each one so good. We even each received our own certificate “fugu eating” certificate!
We don’t speak Japanese, and they didn’t speak English, but good food is a universal language. On to more travel and culinary adventures.
We are from Switzerland 🇨🇭 We will travel all around Japan through JR pass.
We are going to go Tokyo Osaka Kyoto Hiroshima and Fukuoka
[What is your favorite Japanese food?]
I like sushi.Especially I like tuna Sushi.
[What else do you like?]
I like all Japanese food.
[Well then,What do you want to eat on your last day of your trip?]
Well I don’t know about it.Maybe Sushi.
[Oh I see. Thank you for telling that. By the way Why don’t you make Origami with us.]
Oh I like that. Let’s do it!
[Oh you are good,You have a talent of Origami!
I was really happy to make a Origami with you.
I thanked to talk about Switzerland and Japan with you
I hope you trip would be wonderful!
Similar and yet so different. I had the luxury of spending more than 3 weeks in Japan before coming to South Korea. People have a very strong sense of Respect and Decency which made every interaction very pleasant. Coming a little early in the year I sadly missed out on the main time of the cherry blossom but got to see it partially close to the end of my time in Japan. But what I got to do was..
• Attend a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto •
• Travels North to South on the Shinkansen Trains •
• Visited the devastating atomic blast sites in Hiroshima and Nagasaki • #japan#cherryblossom#2019#bucketlistcheck#dreamcometrue#weltreise#hiroshima#tokyo#hokkaido#nagasaki#travel#traveller#shinkansen#japanrailpass
Woke up from a nap on the train just in time to breeze past the snowy peak of Mt.Fuji! Quite difficult to do it justice in a photograph through the window at 250km/h on the Shinkansen 🤣 Long day travelling up from Hiroshima to Tokyo 😴😵 I’d recommend splitting the journey with a stop in a city halfway like Kyoto or Osaka! Would need plenty of stuff from the trolley if I was to do 670km on an @irishrail train in one day 😳😂 luckily this only took about 5 hours with a half hour break to change train in Kobe. 🚅🚉🚀🗻🌋❄️⛄️☀️🌸⛩🗾