My First Sunrise in Japan
Trip Start Jul 25, 2009
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There was a wavy sort of deep orange to this sun. It reminded me of a picture-perfect sunset, except there was more contrast in the surrounding area to this, and instead of bringing out purples and pinks, it was oranges and yellows. Our room was fortunate enough to be strategically placed for the eastern sunrise, while we caught the sunset the night before while bathing in the hotel's onsen.
The onsen itself was spacious, build with the intent to provide that sunset view. The outdoor bath had two steps, so that one could sit perched over the side of the hotel with a clear ocean and mountain-shore view of the local scenery. We spent a lot of time on the floor level, since it was the only semi-private place on site, and it had a beer machine.
After wandering a bit after we checked in, I had a delicious meal at the buffer (I think I overate...does 3 plates count?), with everything from melon-ice cream, lasagna, freshly roasted beef, over 15 types of salad, to sashimi, 3 types of whitefish, and numerous cakes and fresh fruits. It was a 4000-yen meal that we got for less than 2000, based on the excellent price our gracious host Vanessa managed to get for us.
After some Karaoke, and good times, we hit the sack (some earlier than others), and then woke for sunrise. I couldn't sleep after waking, so I decided to take a run along the peninsula on what was possibly the clearest day I've seen yet. The coast was beautiful, with a clean but dangerous looking beach (the waves are as tall as me on the shore-line), friendly locals (with their over-friendly dogs...one chased me half a mile), and a beautiful display of produce. One particular flower, (the name escapes me now), is a bright yellow. I took a picture of the train that goes to Tahara, and you'll see for yourself how some places are famous for usually one or two major things they boast. I had to hop a few fences to get back on the track, but I enjoyed startling a camera-man on accident, and somehow managed to crawl back up the steep slope to the hotel.
all in all, a five-star rating for this weekend excursion. Thanks to all!