We travelled from Kanazawa to Toyama with the fast Bullet train and then on to Kamiichi with a very rural slow train. Arriving there we found the tourist information lady who tried to contact our Ryokan but they weren’t answering. She helped us find a taxi and we set off with no idea how long the journey would be. Venturing ever more rural, we kept going looking for signs of life – so far spotted no shops other than the bakery at the station.
Y later, we were told we had arrived … we would never have found it ourselves. Greeted by the host, she showed us upstairs to our living room area and then busied herself moving the sliding paper doors. A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn/B&B which have typical tatami straw matted floors, communal bath and other areas.
She presented us with homemade cake, which we think was sticky sweet red beans and an even stickier gluey green filling, which we had to eat with a small stick. As the kids weren’t fans, Ian and I had to politely eat 2.5 of them each so we could present empty plates! Dinner was traditional Japanese food.
Our Ryokan is literally next to beautiful temples and shrines. The lovely Ooiwasan Nissekiji Temple is near historic statues of Acala, the God of Fire as well as three storied pagoda and waterfalls. We walked around looking at bamboo and rice growing nearby. The mountains were covered in a bit of mist today and it is still quite cold this time of year, needing coats and fleeces. Seamus loved the sight of the little fire engine we saw on our travels today. It is totally different to our stays in other parts of Japan. We’re here for three nights and look forward to exploring more of nearby towns too.