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 61 
 on: 23 May 2019, 20:07:39 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The Ginzan Onsen buildings are built along the stream. Its style attracts a lot of tourists, both local and foreigners. It is also an Onsen area, you can see a foot onsen at the lower left corner of the third picture.

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 on: 23 May 2019, 13:24:19 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Room is spacious. Maybe we booked it so early, we thought our room was the best room they can offer. Our room at the top floor, facing the stream with the best view to the valley.

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 on: 23 May 2019, 13:23:04 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
From Oishida train station to Ginzan Onsen, it took about half an hour. Almost every hotel therein offers shuttle bus for their guest. We arrived Ginzan at about 2:30pm.

Ginzan Onsen is a well preserved village. You may find it familiar as a Japanese animation movie  千與千尋 is using this place as a reference. We stayed in Notoya ryoken 能登屋旅館. This one is amongst the oldest one here. We booked it 5 month in advance by email. Although they are open for online reservation 2 months in advance but the room supply is very limited. We felt lucky to write an email to ask 5 months in advance and got their confirmation. As Japan started their long holiday, a lot of Japanese traveled around and I found that we were the only foreigner stayed in this ryoken.

The ryoken is tidy and traditional.


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 on: 23 May 2019, 13:09:10 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The museum has not many things to see but it is the blessed place. It had never been damaged by earthquake and now it is the assembly point for people during earthquake. The museum is an old building with traditional decoration.

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 on: 23 May 2019, 13:06:23 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The way to go Ginzan Onsen was by train to Oishida station 大石田. Then you can take the bus or request the hotel to pick you up (if you would stay in a hotel). We arrived about an hour earlier so we went to have a walk in the city. We followed the city government's suggestion to visit their cultural museum. On the way to the museum we saw sakura falling.

 66 
 on: 23 May 2019, 13:00:54 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
This castle had suffered a lot of damage in the past, most are rebuilt but some remains. We thought that all sakura were gone but a few can still be seen.

Sometimes a single sakura tree is quite nice.

The forth picture shows the old beam used in the rather new gate.

 67 
 on: 23 May 2019, 12:56:27 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The next day we went to Ginzan 銀山溫泉. Before that we had a morning time to go to Yamagata Castle in Kajo Park 霞城公園.

 68 
 on: 23 May 2019, 12:53:05 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
We went back to train station, got our luggage and headed to Yamagata. After we checked in, I found this notice in the hotel lobby. A time for learning special Japanese......

 69 
 on: 23 May 2019, 12:51:00 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Later afternoon now and people were leaving. Before we left, we took a few pictures as there were not many people blocking our view.

 70 
 on: 23 May 2019, 12:47:57 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The view from that isolated temple is stunning. 欲窮千里目,更上一層樓

We can see the city view of the area (2nd picture), the lower right hand side of the picture is the train station that we started our walk.

The third picture shows the temple we passed through during our walk uphill.

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