a morning !
Strong sunshine over the mountain - we
were really relieved to see it after two
days of rain.
the Haruna-Fuji, the volcanic mountain,
looks less mythical than yesterday, but it
is nonetheless impressive.
saw a photo of the frozen lake, where ice
skates can be enjoyed. This must be
a great experience!
have a heavy traveling before us today
again, but we will not bore you with
we report you the experiences from
you see the entrance of the hotel bath
(separated strictly by
the beginning of our trip, we have been
trying to secretly photograph the typical
Japanese bath from inside, but till now no
it seemed we were alone, the door opened
and bath-ready-looking men came in (not
that they looked dirty, simply ready to
enjoy the relaxation in a
the dinner and the ëbedtimeí
we renewed our devotion to take the
picture in the bath again!.
shoes were found at the entrance of the
bath - it looked promising. No one
in the bath, finally we were
take off your Yukata (summer Kimonos) in a
room before you go in the bath.
bath towel looks rather big in the photo,
but it is actually little larger than two
sheets of paper and as thin as a
quick in the bath.
a wall, there were neatly placed tools to
help you take your bath.
on your marks and start
caution: not to jump into the bath with
any soap left on your body!
und soaps are sponsored by the hotel, but
which is which anyway?
press on the button and the bath bowl is
filled with just the right amount of
with a correct swing, you lift the bath
bowl over the head and empty it - so you
wash off the soap on your body.
you can see, weíve already got a
hang of it.
after this ëritual washingí,
you may finally enter the hot bath
(between 40 and 45 degrees
most of the hotel rooms (hotels of our
price range) do not have a shower, we have
gotten used to going to bath before bed
time - it is a great way to relax and to
achieve the right sleep mode.
the hotels, the staffs are, sadly enough,
familiar with the bad manners of
foreigners in the bath. So they kept
reminding us to shower before going into
the hot bath tub again and
- but now we are back with todayís
6 hours of travelling, we decided to
devote the afternoon for a pure cultural
experience in Nikko.
a start we walked up the steps of
entering the temple, you cleanse your
hands with this spring water.
the temple entrance we got directions
right away: no shoes, knee down and no
a monch directed us to sit down on our
knees among herds of Japanese visitors he
started to (supposedly) explain about the
building that contains gold all
over. We could not understand any
word of the original explanation, but we
could tell from the Oh`s and Ah`s of other
visitors that the explanation held
the much longer second part of the
explanation, the monch started to show
objects and handed them out to visiters to
take a look.
after we were exiting the temple, we
realized that all these objects were sold
in the temple shops at outrageous prices
and that we were simply tricked in the
next stop was the most famous shrine in
Nikko, the Toshogu-Shrine.
22 buildings were built by around 15.000
carpenters from all over Japan.
makes this shrine so special is the amount
of Gold that was used and its interesting
contrast to the black wood.
visitors went by one of the points of
interest without noticing.
is a stable for the holy horses and the
famous carvings of thress monkeys
expressing the teaching of satisfying life
ënot listening, not telling and not
seeing of negative things`.
you can see we did not miss this cultural
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