The train trip from Himeji to Gifu-Hashima was over in a flash and we alighted to a very quiet little town and strolled up to the Nissan centre and picked up our little Black JUKE. We had a few map issues at the end getting to Yoro and then up to the Takimotokan Yukinosato Onsen but all good in the end and vowed to use the GPS from then on.
We were greeted by our Hostess Hitome who forced feed us sweet things and green tea before taking us to our room. We finally convinced her to have our beds made up so we could have a nap before dinner at 6pm. The beds were Japanese style on the floor but we doubled up with two each for extra comfort. After settling in John went for a walk to Yoro Falls and into the Park before being taken to our private dinning room for the FEAST, and what a feast it was.
We lost count of the courses but there were about 15 different things to eat over a 90 min period with a lot of fish and after just two days of it breakfast and Dinner we were wanting a breather.
We arranged a massage after dinner and at 9pm two old local ladies turned up and gave us a shiatsu overhaul whilst chatting and laughing all the time. were they laughing at us western tight weaklings ? we will never know.
We had a lovely sunny day on the Sunday and spent it wandering through Yoro Park from the Waterfall down and back being entertained by the locals and a fantastic Drum band who were playing at The Waterfall.
We were the only Euro types in the whole Park and environs as it was a real locals weekend place to go and picnic, play, hike, walk, bike and be seen.
I felt like a voyuer at times but the zoom lens and the fantastic subject matter made it worth it.
The Princess Shrine at Yoro Park near the hot springs.
There were children everywhere having a ball and the coffee pot man at Yoro falls was really funny guy.
A well placed bowl and doing my best japanese squinty eyes in the hot tub.