vrijdag 26 mei 2017
woensdag 24 mei 2017
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Today was the last day of our holiday in Japan. We drove back to Fukuoka in the rain, after our last hot bath in the onsen and a lovely breakfast at our resort Spagreennes.
We took our time and followed the local roads, avoiding the highways, and enjoying the damp countryside. We visited several pottery workshops along the route and finally found 2 lovely bowls to take home with us.
Lots of traffic jams in big city Fukuoka. Phew, something completely different after the country life.
visitng a big electronic warehouse
nice ad :-)
Last dinner in Japan: visiting the restaurant where we had a lovely lunch over 2 weeks ago. We didn't regret, coz dinner was super.
sashimi with the dead fish that was stripped, placed on the bowl;
we are used to it by now
I was intrigued by the plate of our neighbours at the bar, as they were having sashimi of Japanese shrimp: the head and paws still moved and kept moving for minutes although the body had been removed and used for the sashimi.
Arghhh ... had to make a photo
That's it. Tomorrow at 10.30 hrs local time we will fly to Seoul, Korea and then transfer to KLM and hope to be in Amsterdam in the early evening local time.
It was an awesome journey. We both loved it muchly! Tastes of more by the way, sooo hope to plan our next trip soon.
dinsdag 23 mei 2017
Japanese breakfast this morning at Spagreenness
Tuesday, 23 May 2017After a very tasty Japanese breakfast at our resort we drove around the Kuju highlands, where we saw cows grazing in the meadow. Wow, the first cows we spotted in Japan. The black cows that deliver the famous wagyu meat, that by the way, is also very expensive here in Japan.
But first some impressions of Spagreenness, our lovely home for 2 nights:
our 'home' with the private Onsen and the garden.
worth making a picture of these carefully cut trees and shrubs
Our target today: take the road up to the volcano ring of Mount Aso, however, when we arrived there we found out that due to increased volcanic activity the road as well as the cable car were closed. Damn.
bottom right: smoke coming from Mount Aso
the soft earth of the hills comes down regularly, judged to the many closed road sections we passed
rice fields everywhere in the vast Caldera of Mount Aso
We had a beer, a snack (sort of small hamburger) of horse meat and an ice cream in one of the shops in the 'main street'.
After an extensive 'dip' in our private Onsen, we had the best Japanese dinner of this holiday at Nagayama, the restaurant next door. So refined, loved it.
So here are the mandatory food pics:
bottom right: rusty pipes used for transport of thermal water
So here are the mandatory food pics:
left: great beef for the shabu shabu,
middle: this is how the fish used for the sashimi is presented in restaurants
top right: sashimi on an ice ball
bottom right: small bites as starters
sushi in a different way (red bell pepper, vegetable, beef, corn and ham)
left: bell pepper filled with a shrimp,
middle wagyu beef,
right: ginger sorbet and cheesecake as dessert
Tomorrow is our last day in Japan. We will return to Fukuoka, where we will deliver our rental car.
Difficult to grasp that our super holiday that seemed endless, is going to end.
maandag 22 mei 2017
on the road
Monday, 22 May 2017
Leaving the Sheraton hotel after breakfast and on the road again for several hours coz today we have to cover several kilometers to reach our new home for 2 nights; Resort Spagreenness; wow what an awesome resort, love this place with spacious/minimalistic rooms, a terrace, a private onsen (!) and with a view on mount Aso. Superb.
BUT before heading for Spagreenness we visited:
- the tombs of Saitobaru, which are dating back to 300-6000 AD
the largest tomb, which we could enter
harvesting at the tea plantation opposite the tombs
fortunately didn't see them ... yet
Next stop the Takochiho gorge with the famous waterfall, where you can hire a rowing boat and canoe around for 30 minutes in the gorge (with many others).
This was one of my Kyushu bucket list destinations; a must do. Loved it!
Peter loved it toooo
the gorge with waterfall seen from the view point
waiting in line
mmm not easy to not finger at the other ones ..... (google translate ?)
after our boat trip we had a drink (cold coffee) at the restaurant above the river/gorge, where they apparently also serve 'hormone pork'
After arrival at Spagreenness we of course extensively used our private onsen and afterwards had a super dinner at the onsite restaurant (mandatory food pics)
explaining to our host, who only speaks Japanese
salad, soo posh
fried fish and vegetable soup
sashimi served on an ice ball
Happy here at this temp home.
zondag 21 mei 2017
the AEON mall we, and many Japanese, visited today
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Probably the last day we are in a big city and have time to shop, so today we visited the AEON mall.
When we arrived at the parking of the mall, we had trouble finding a free space, we definitely weren't the only ones that decided to shop.
soo many books and magazines
fresh strawberry fruit juice
He didn't speak English
hello Kitty selfie
Kids play/game area (most dads loved it too)
'Printshop': where girls were making funny passport photos
coffee stop at Starbucks
part of the hall of the 43-story Sheraton hotel, looking like a railway station
these are all real orchids
Tomorrow morning we will leave this huge hotel and head for the volcano Aso area, where our next home for 2 nights will be.
The end of our Kyushu holiday is approaching and that makes me a bit sad. Don't want it to end.