Discovery Sunday – Shrine and National Park

A walk in the woods can cure all ails.

Despite a comedy of errors getting to Togakushi Shrine, it was worth it. Beautiful shrine with sacred 800 year old trees, amazing vistas and getting lost finding a forest. Having spent the last 8 years hiking around Denver and the Rocky Mountains, I am not a city Joshii (girl). So when I read about Nagano having good colors, I was all over it.

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Greetings at the train station.

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Taken from a cab, not bad. I didn’t do my usual planning until too late so I missed the hourly bus by 5 minutes (because I was lost) so I took a 50 minute cab ride. Pretty sure the guy was trying to talk me out of it.

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You probably can’t see but it’s a thatched roof. There was one with a tree growing in it!

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Soba shop. Bought some to bring home but I didn’t eat while I was there.

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Due to technical difficulties with my camera, this was taken with the iPad. Really doesn’t capture the grandeur and scale of it.

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So at the station, there are always kiosks that sell take away and I had a large Kirin in hand when I saw wine. Wine! You never see wine. And then I tasted it. Using a Vicks cough syrup size cup. I may age it for another 10 years.

Tomorrow – soba at home!

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One Response to Discovery Sunday – Shrine and National Park

  1. Marie says:

    Stick to the sake and beer ! I liked plum wine when I was there in my early 20s but suspect I’d find it too sweet now.

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