Amanohashidate and Ine Village
View of Amanohashidate from the ruins of the Tango Kokubunji Temple.
Dinner last night was a different experience, a first in this trip. Tokuda-san, the 13th owner of Seikiro, invited me to dinner with his family. It was a great pleasure to meet his wife and children. His children were very cute, gifting me with origami they made at the table.
Tokuda-san and his family.
Part of my very spacious room.
Seikiro has a long history of about 300 years. The ryokan is also part museum; my room has calligraphy by a famous writer (pity I canft read it though). The bath is also very traditional with not much changed from before. Youfll get to have a similar experience as those who lived many years ago!
Today, we went to Amanohashidate, one of the three most beautiful spots in all Japan. We took the chairlift up to the view point on the Amanohashidate side for a look at the sandbar. Following which we used Nordic walking sticks to walk across the sandbar. Using the Nordic walking sticks made walking easier and we got to Kasamatsu Park in no time.
Nordic walking across the sandbar.
Jumping over Amanohashidate. (l-r) Muruka, Tokuda-san, Alan and Nakajima-san.
We were greeted by great views of Amanohashidate at the top of the park. I was told that the upside down view of Amanohashidate should be done from Kasamatsu Park as it started off on this side, gradually reaching the other side over thousands of years.
The dragon's head is on the opposite side.
Taking the chairlift down.
Along the walk, we visited the three power spots in the area. The first being at the Amanohashidate Shrine located in the sandbar, the second at the Motoise Kono Shrine and the last spot at Manai Shrine.
In the afternoon, we parted ways with Tokuda-san and took a bus to Ine village with Muruka-san, who works at Amanohashidate tourist information centre and joined us on her day off! Ine village is a fishing town, with itfs inhabitants living in eboat housesf. Not quite what youfd imagine a boat house to be, but instead of car garages, they have boat garages under their house.
Boat houses in Ine Village.
View of half of Ine Village from the top of the hill.
The town is U-shaped and only about 5km long. It felt like a throwback to the past with all the quaint old-style houses and elderly people. There were community bicycles to use for free (they werenft locked at all) to explore the town. We had a chance to enter a converted house, that is available for rent. The owners were very kind to pause from fishing and show us around the house.
Inside a boat house looking out.
The entire house is available for rent.
We took the bus back to Seikiro and on the way back, we saw the sun set over Amanohashidate. What a day exploring, Ifm sure Ifll sleep well tonight.
I feel like I haven't seen the sun set for a while.
Fishing in Ine Village
Almost every house has a boat.
Community bicycles we used to travel around Ine Village.
I errr... cannot stand on my hands.
Omikuji in Chion Temple.
With the kids outside Seikiro.
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