Friday, November 03, 2006

#183 Day 2: Oyama to Nikko

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The Road to Hokkaido Tour 2006
Day 2: Oyama to Nikko
Distance: 73 kms

As I said yesterday, the hotel we stayed in wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t too good either though. Especially in the light of day.
We stayed in room 508 of the Hotel New Kashiwa, which is just across from Oyama station. The room cost 9660 yen.
There were holes in the shoji paper and in the fusuma, cigarette burns on the bed and it wasn’t very clean.
There were only good things about this hotel.
We could use the net in our room and the speed was pretty good. And the staff were nice. Two stars.

After we checked out, we left Oyama. We drove for a while and then found a nice park to have lunch in.
We made some coffee and had some of the chocolate that Lena gave us when we left Tokyo. Mmm delicious German chocolate.

After lunch we drove to Nikko. We saw this big daruma on the way. It was protecting truck drivers.

We arrived in Nikko around 3 and found a hotel. Nikko is a popular tourist destination so there are a lot of souvenir shops.
A lot of the shops were selling yuba.
We bought some hot yuba mangu ... and ate it in the street. It was delicious.

We walked around a bit more and bought some yuba snacks and some Nikko beer.

I found some excellent strange English in the supermarket: In a shoplifter, the police is notified.

I’ve been to Nikko once before, I remember seeing a horse inside a shrine that was a present to Japan from the New Zealand government. I thought that was kind of bizarre. So, tomorrow I’m going to see if it’s still there.

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