Monday, 5 September 2011

On The Way To Nyuto Onsen...

We took the Akita Shinkansen Komachi from Ueno Station to Tazawako Station for our one night stay at Taenoyu Onsen in Nyuto Onsen. I know I've posted endless post about Tazawako and Nyuto Onsen but hey! Why not post another one lest one stray visitor looking for some info chances upon this blog. ^^

Sorry. I am shameless enough to rehash old stories until it's time for me to make a new one. (3 more months to go, folks! And you bet I'll be blogging real time from Japan)

Anyways, if you want to read more about the area, just click on the either Akita, Tazawako or Nyuto Onsen tags listed at my sidebar. 
At Tazawako Station. This dragon head reminds me that there is the Kakunodate Yama Festival from Sep 7th - 9th. We were supposed to go last year but as we changed our travel date at the last minute and arriving later, no floats crashing were witnessed by us. Just the thought of seeing two floats facing each other and crashing over the right-of-way is downright awesome.

By changing the travel last minute last year, we screwed our hard to get, need 6 months in advance room reservation to spend a night in a room with no electricity and has an irori right smack in the middle of the room at Tsurunoyu Onsen. There were other rooms available but what's the fun in staying in other "normal" room. I want the whole rustic, sleep like samurais experience!
Before making our way to Nyuto Onsen; a quick bento lunch for Raimie. Om nom nom...
Then it was time to board the bus. We got on the bus at bus stop no. 1 and made a stop at Lake Tazawa as planned.
At the rest area by the Lake, are shops and there are free food samples there. Free sampling galore for us. Didn't go out empty-handed; we bought ourselves a postcard bearing the photo of Tatsuko and Raimie got his wish to eat a "goma"/sesame soft ice-cream. ;p
A view of the lovely, pristine Lake Tazawa. You know, I'm all crazy about running nowadays (I'm  gonna run in the Putrajaya Night Marathon next month. Yeay!) so I should just mention here that Lake Tazawa will be holding its 26th Annual Marathon on Sunday, Sep 18th. Maybe I should enter one year, should our travel date to Japan coincide with the marathon. After all, the Tokyo Marathon would be soooooo out of my league if I ever harbour the hope of running races in Japan! ^^!

I wonder if "Barutan Seijin" will be running again this year. Unlike in Ultraman, Barutan Seijin is a nice alien at Tazawako Marathon. He was an escort runner for one visually impaired runner. Salute to both runners! Much respect from me to them.
After sightseeing, it was time to board the bus again and head to Nyuto Onsen. Off we go! We were rewarded with these awesome views along the way:
Breathtaking view of the lake, of the mountains and of course rice fields.
We arrived Taenoyu Onsen just in time for check-in. Why waste getting there late instead of being there right on the dot the exact time you are allowed to check-in? Kakaka

29 comments:

  1. Wah! 3 more months to go before you return to Japan! Haha!!

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  2. OK so this is a re-telling of your previous post? LOL!

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  3. Hey I've seen some of the photos here before....in your previous posts!!! : D

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  4. Maybe one day when I really run out of things to blog, I shall re-tell my past travel stories too! Of course from a different angle or perspective haha!! : D

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  5. Love the photo of the lake btw. Wish I can go there! : )

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  6. Are u going for onsen too on your coming trip, sure feel very healthy right! Raimie's bento sure looks delicious, I like how they organise and decorate the food!

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  7. Wow you really love Japan! I am going there in 2 weeks.

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  8. @foong,
    It's half and half. Half of the photos I already posted earlier and half are new ones to be uploaded here.

    The update on Kakunodate festival and Marathon are of course, new updates. :)

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  9. @Alice,
    Onsen visit is a must! But this year, instead of going to a ryokan, we booked a cottage in Yufuin instead. And gonna have the hot baths (two of them - one indoors and one outdoors) all to ourselves. ^^

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  10. Envy Envy envy X 100!! Have a joyful trip to you and your beautiful family!^^

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  11. Looking forward to your hot cake Nippon posts!

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  12. @Lisa,
    Ooooh I am sooooo jealous!

    Have fun in Japan and buy lots of Hello Kitty in kimonos once you get to Kyoto. ;)

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  13. @TTA,
    We enjoyed our trips there but at the same time feel unfulfilled as some of the things we wanted to do and see there, we are yet able to do. Another time, maybe. :)

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  14. @Alice,
    Wait for Dec to come! :)

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  15. Becareful of the dragon head!!! > u <

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  16. @ritinw,
    No worries. It doesn't bite. (^o^)

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  17. Can't get too much on onsens. They are one of my favourite reasons for visiting Japan. Only 3 months to go until your trip - must be getting excited :)

    Japan Australia

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  18. @Japan Australia,
    Excited we are going for a holiday,yes.

    But to tell you the truth, haven't done much planning for the trip yet unless you count agreeing to visit Shikoku (where in particular we've yet to decide!) and one cottage reserved as planning.

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  19. Alamak, how many times do you wanna get naked by this lake huh?

    Satu kali memang tak cukup?! Ha!
    Got carried away by narcissism?

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  20. @London Caller,
    No nakedness involved this time around what! LOL

    And what's wrong with being narcissistic? It's all about self-love and self-importance after all. And to a certain extent, that is why we blog. We feel we have value in what we post up here no matter how mundane it is.

    We post up a photo. Why? We think it's good. We want comments about how good it is. Isn't that rather narcissistic too? xD

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  21. Did you entry the marathon in Japan already? If so, I hope you would run to the goal. BTW, Iwill go to Hachimanntai, Akita-komagatake and take Roten buro in Turunoyu onsenn at the begining ij October.

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  22. @minor,
    No, not yet. Maybe someday I can enter a marathon in Japan if there is one that coincide with our travel dates.

    I heard the atmosphere running in Tokyo Marathon is simply great. 35000 marathon runners in Tokyo from all over the world! :)

    Wow! That's great! Have fun up the mountain and share with us all your lovely photos.

    And I am sooooo envious that you are going to Tsurunoyu Onsen. If you can share your experience there too, that would be great.

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  23. Love to hear what your itinerary is when you plan it :)

    Japan Australia

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  24. @Japan Australia,
    It's still mostly up in the air. We should have a plan by next month if not by November. xD

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  25. Is it a ruling not allowed to eat bento lunch inside the bus? Nice view of the lake.

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  26. @Bananazஇ,
    Dunno. Maybe not. It was just that the bus wasn't there yet and that boy was already hungry. xD

    Anyway, because the weather was nice and cool despite the sunny day, it was rather nice eating it at the park bench like that. :)

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  27. I am so used to having electricity and running water that I don't know what I would do in a rustic room without those necessities. I hope you enjoyed your samurai experience. :)

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  28. @AVCr8teur,
    That's why we wanted to experience the whole rustic thing. ^^

    Yet to get the samurai experience. Maybe soon! :)

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