Sunday, December 13, 2009

11/27/09: Day 8 in Japan - Leaving Yufuin

While Nurukawa Onsen did not come with dinner, it did come with breakfast. I made reservation for the earliest alloted time. Not surprisingly, the breakfast was the traditional Japanese arrangement.

Poached egg in dashi? In Japan, appropriately, it is called "onsen" eggs.

After digesting for 1/2 hour, it was time for a quick dip in the onsen. There aren't too many better ways to start one's morning than taking an outdoor bath at the foot of glorious mountain in the autumn, especially when it's 50 degrees outside.

On the way out, I noticed this Japanese maple. Wa, or harmony, is everywhere if you just take a time to look around...

Down by Lake Kirin, the ducks were washing themselves amidst the rising mist.

Rustic sign at the train station.

The train we were scheduled to take was the retro-styled "The Forst of Yufuin."

In Japan, many of the trains operates with reserved seating. I was assigned to Car #2.

Having lunch on the train is one of the pleasures of the Japanese long distance rail travel. The stations vend lunch boxes with local flavor. I chose tender Bungo beef and rice bento.

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