Japan Day 17 & 18

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Well it was almost exactly as we had feared in our previous post, the internet availability we had up in the Takayama resort hotel was not up to snuff.  I will not say it was non existent but it was however slow enough that trying to update our website was exceedingly painful.  So we decided to post both of these days together.  Honestly not a HECK of a lot happened while we were there, this was our relaxation day. 

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So we had to take a lot of trains in order to get there… well not a lot of trains but 2.  We had to take the shinkensen to Nagoya from Kyoto and then we had to take a JR line to Takayama.  The entire trip took us a little over 4 hours and naturally we showed up way to early to our hotel to check in.  There was a lot of snow so we decided to kill some time by playing hacki sack with some snowballs in the parking lot.

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The hotel area itself was quite nice.  When we got there, there was a lot of fog because we were up in the mountains.  It actually reminded me a lot of the Rimrock Resort hotel that Dinara and I spent some time in back home a short drive away from Calgary to Banff.

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We finally got bored with that outside and people were kind of giving us weird looks so we decided that we would head inside and buy some overpriced yet amazing coffee and cake.  It’s pretty well-known that Japan knows whats up when it comes to cake… it was pretty damn delicious but at 5 bucks a piece it better be ;).

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Since this was a resort hotel up in the mountains, basically the entire reason for us coming was to check out some onsens for the first time.  Onsen’s are pretty much high on everyone’s list of “must do” when you go to Japan but for some reason the first time we went, we really just didn’t feel like doing it.  This time however we booked this hotel specifically to go into them.  The hotel in fact had 3 floors dedicated to onsen.  The picture of Derek and Kyle in their robes sadly didn’t turn out but I can confirm that onsens are pretty awesome to be in.  This place even had an “infinity” onsen, just like the pools except in onsen form.

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That was the end of the first day, pretty uneventful but on the second day we finally went down into the town and wandered around.  As you can see, regardless of the size and location of the town, it is impossible to escape anime, it is pervasive and everywhere.  We saw a random temple which I decided was dedicated to the gays but according to others the colors for the rainbow were all wrong… I just wrote them all off as bigots.

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Dinara noticed on a pamphlet that there was some kind of limestone cave up in the mountains.  We had decided we were all going to go there but when we got to the bus station to get tickets to go there? It was going to cost us 50 bucks.  Honestly I was not ready to drop 50 bucks in order to go see a cave that required a 1 hour bus ride so I passed but Derek and Kyle were still interested so we gave them our camera and they kindly snapped some shots for all of you guys.  The lighting of course was bad so not a lot of them turned out but the ones that did ALMOST made me wish I had gone with them…. almost…

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There was also a frozen waterfall at the top they took a few shots of.  This actually sounded and looked a lot cooler before they told me that there was a hose left on at the top making water freely run down <_<…

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Well folks, that wraps up our time in Takayama, these shots are of us leaving this morning and this post is being written when we finally got back onto a shinkansen heading back to Tokyo.  We have basically 2 more days in Tokyo not including today to do a few things we missed and to buy whatever we forgot to buy.  It’s almost 2pm and I don’t expect us to get to our hotel until 3pm… tomorrows post may not be very interesting at all haha.  Thanks as always for hanging out and reading our posts and we’ll see you all later.

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