Yes thank you, I’ve had a lovely blogcation during which I visited an onsen, caught a little cold and went for a walk in the snow. We had a pretty decent bit of snowfall on Monday so I felt obliged to go for a stroll to the university with my camera where I took a lot of actually not very good photos. However I’m still having so much fun with Lightroom presets, so I’m going to foist a handful of pictures on you anyway. I’ve put them at the bottom of this post. I do quite enjoy the snow, even if Kazuko does give me dirty looks whenever I even think about making a snowball.
Our trip to stay at an onsen hotel in Jozankei was the second stage of this year’s two-part wedding anniversary celebrations and as it was a lovely day, we left home early and had a little wander around Jozankei before checking in to the hotel. Kazuko is a big cat fan so the first thing we had to do was track down some of the many stray cats that hang around Jozankei and document their existence.
Once Kazuko managed to drag herself away from the cats with a promise of more cats later, we followed a path along the river, past a little shrine to green monsters.
We didn’t linger long in our room and headed straight to the bath. Because we checked in early, it was nice and empty in the bath room so I pretty much had the hot water to myself. This hotel’s onsen was quite simple; just two indoor baths and one outside one, all of them on the 12th floor. The water is quite warm in the baths and I can never last as long as the Japanese before I have to get out and find somewhere to cool down again. My vision usually blacks out between the bath and where ever it is I’m heading. I like the outdoor baths because it’s colder out there and I can just sit on the edge of the bath before my temperature drops enough for me to get back into the water and try to boil myself alive again. After the quick dip, I was able to slip back into my hotel robes and we relaxed in our room until dinner time.
The baths are good but the dinner is the highlight. We had a private room and were seated to find this lot already there.
We rounded the evening off with an exclusive private bath and slept very soundly indeed but were able to wake up in time to fit in breakfast and a last bath before heading back to town and having to cook for ourselves and make our own beds for a change. No wonder I caught a cold by the end of the week.
And here are those snowy photos I mentioned earlier in the post: