Sado & Niigata
Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
51Trip End May 17, 2008
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Finally, we went back to our inn. We had dinner in the large dinning room. I realised that there were much more guests on the day than the previous day. When we were eating, the hostess came to the room and suggested that we should see the sunset in the next room. Then some guests including me stopped eating and went and saw the sunset. It was good for the guests, but just acceptable for me, because I had caught a better view at the near coast on the previous day.
On the last day, we visited Toki-no-mori Park. That was the destination where my mam was eager to go. The toki is Japanese crested ibis and its scientific name is Nipponia Nippon, literally Japanese Japan. (Incidentally, Japanese national bird is not toki, but Japanese pheasant.) However, I heard that tokis were in the cage and visitors could see them from a distance. So I was worried if my mam could see them in spite of her bad eyesight.The main building for visitors was a complex of a small museum and toki cages. The museum was informative with a few interesting videos (only in Japanese) and stuffed specimens. Then we were able to see a number of live tokis in the cages. There were a few binoculars placed in the observation room, but they seemed useless. My mam didn't say anything about them, but maybe she couldn't see the birds very well...
After that, we didn't have any plan again, but Mt
Before we left Sado, because we were hungry, we looked for a restaurant. However, we couldn't find one easily and wasted some time. Eventually, we went back to Ryotsu Port to return our rented car and near the rental car shop, we had lunch in an eatery. The eatery was Kogetsu and it looked like it had seen better days. When we were looking at the menu in front of the eatery, a friendly cook came out and talked to us. She said squid ball was a speciality of the area and highly recommended it for us. Eventually, we had lunch there and squid ball was very good. All's well that ends well. We were satisfied with the trip to Sado and headed home.
When we went back home, we took a jetfoil to Niigata and bus to the airport. Luckily, the weekend ticket was much cheaper than weekday one. To get to the airport, however, we had to go to Niigata Train Station first and then catch another bus to the airport. At the train station, because there were not many buses going to the airport, we had plenty of waiting time. Fortunately, I found a bakery and cafe in the station building and it was the best place to kill time. Because my mother was eager to eat bread during the trip, she looked happy, too.