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Apr 6, 2018 - Kanazawa

Got up early and went for a walk back before breakfast. While I left at 6.30am, it was too late for the early morning light, but the gardens didn't open until 7am. Once they opened, it was nice to have them almost to myself - there were perhaps only 20 of us, in contrast to the crowds of yesterday. Was able to focus more on the Japanese styling of the garden, rather than just the cherry blossom. Already the petals are starting to fall After breakfast, another walk around the Edo period Teahouse (or Geisha) District, which was charming Early...

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Apr 5, 2018 - Takayama to Kanazawa

Went for another walk around Takayama including one of the morning markets before travelling approximately two hours via train from Takayama to Kanazawa via Toyama. Kanazawa is referred to as the hidden pearl of the Japan Sea, having avoided any bombing in WWII Cherry Blossom Report: Magical!!! The trees were in full bloom yesterday. Apparently there was a little rain last night which caused some petals to drop, but today is like a fairytale To make the most of the cherry blossom, I spent the afternoon wandering around Kenrokuen Garden (one...

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Jul 2, 2016 - July 2 off to Kyoto

We arose at the usual hour and packed our belongings for shipment to Kyoto. Today was the day we would go to our sister hotel next-door and have breakfast on the 12th floor. The breakfast was somewhat better and there was a chef making omelettes if you chose to have one. After breakfast we all met in the lobby and were dispatched to our various hosts for a home visit. Denise myself Cynthia and Diana Drew Mr., Kanagawa. We taxied to his home and were warmly greeted by him. He immediately took us into his garden which he was very proud. It...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Optional tour to Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

We started off the morning as usual with breakfast at the hotel. Again breakfast was unremarkable. We drove for approximately 1 1/2 hours to the Ainokura Village at Gokoyama Natural Park. We took photos of the old buildings and did a little hike up the hill so that we had a vista looking down on the village for pictures. After that we went to the community center and made moshi. They took steam rice and put it in something that resembled a large mortar and then pounded it with a wooden mallet. It ultimately became creamy but gummy. It was...

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Jun 30, 2016 - A day in Kanazawa

Off to our usual early start at 5 AM, we killed some time, showered, did some wash and headed for the usual combination Japanese American breakfast. As usual it was an adventure but adequate. Our first stop was the Kenrokuen garden. My guess is it covers somewhere around 4 or 5 acres and was over 200 years old. It had many beautiful old trees, water features, and was beautifully landscaped. It was across the street from the Kanazawa Castle. We spent approximately an hour and a half in the garden and it was time well spent. The garden is...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Off to Kanazawa on the bullet train

Arose early this morning to go take a Japanese bath. The water is very Hot wbut it is from a Hot Spring. During her bath we saw a very large spider on the wall. It was fine until he disappeared which said his small wave of panic through our group-the grouping Denise and I. After the bath After the bath we returned to our room. The hotel has three types of mineral Hot Springs baths. There's one for men, one for women and one fprivate barh for singles couples or families. Bathing suits are not allowed. The hotel provides a Yakata for covering...

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Jun 14, 2014 - gold and wagashi

Since we left Yokohama, we’re sailed north around the eastern side of Honshu Island past Fukujima the power plant devastated in the 2011 tsunami. Then we rounded the top of the island, turned south and came down the Sea of Japan side of Honshu. Throughout this entire sail we endured cool temperatures and steady rain. When we got to Kanazawa we planned to visit the Japanese Alps and take a photogenic road through the “Great Walls of Snow.” This area gets so much snow every year, the walls of snow can be thirty feet high well into the summer...

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Nov 24, 2013 - Kaiseki in Kanazawa

This was a meal to remember. Everything was beautifully presented and the quality was excellent. The rice was so much nicer than any we've had before - with delicate little slices of truffle. The pickles were also extra good. The appetisers were really interesting: there was a tiny jelly with foie gras(on the red apple dish: squid sashimi - never tasted anything so tender; delish little vegetable slices served in half a lime; sea urchin (we think - interesting texture!!) and some sort of fish - tasty. In the middle - chawan mushi - the...

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Nov 23, 2013 - Kanazawa

A Kanazawa proverb goes "even if you forget your packed lunch, don't forget your umbrella" and luckily we had ours when we arrived in this west coast town because it was soggy! There are 465,000 people living here but still our imagination over rode common sense and the seaside resort town we envisaged - well, it isn't. In fact, again, there has been no sign of the sea. This is a crowded urban area and what we have seen are buildings, parks and people. So now we finally understand; Japan is heavily populated and everywhere you go is the...

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Jun 23, 2011 - Kanazawa

ANA Crown Plaza Hotel June 23 – Fukui to Kanazawa Our hosts send us off with flourish and staff in kimonos line the exit in order to wave at the bus. Today we drive to Kanazawa to stay at the ANA Crowne Plaza ... it will be quite a change from the last hotel. According to Miko-san, it will be a more relaxed day which is lovely since it’s 35C with 98% humidity (which makes it feel like 42C). Along the drive, Miko-san gives us details of every-day life and the struggles people are facing since the earthquake. Self employed people in the...

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Oct 10, 2009 - Gardening again

We had a bit of time before our trains to Kanazawa, so we wandered around town a bit more and did some shopping. There was some fantastic stuff - especially carved wood - but as usual all the best stuff was either too heavy, expensive, big, delicate, or all four. We have come to Kanazawa primarily to see the famous Kenroku-en Garden, one of Japan`s top three. I have to be honest, I was mildly disappointed, although it was at least another day without rain! Despite the crowds Kenroku-en was nice, even lovely in places, but not as nice as...

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Apr 11, 2008 - Just the facts

Here it is, we are now past the half way point to our destination! Miles pedaled 1051 Yuki's pedal stroke count 351,4812 Flat tires 6 (all Rocky's!) Chopsticks used 324 Time is running out folks, this is your chance to have your virtual Japan dreams comes true! Let us know your thoughts, comments and even your secrets by clicking on "Leave a message" on the home page. We promise to read all your comments and keep your secrets secret. I promise to publish pictures in the next few days. So stay tuned, I've got some great ones coming.

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