Friday, May 30, 2014

Destination - Manza Onsen!

This is a continuation of the previous post on our 3 day trip to Gunma Prefecture.

After our departure from Kusatsu Onsen we headed for Mt Shirane. It's a long and winding road to the top of the mountain.

As we climb in altitude the scenery changes drastically. This is like the land that time has forgotten. It wouldn't surprise me to see a Pterodactyl dinosaur flying over the ridge.

After we park the car we start our grueling hike to the top to see "Yugama" the water filled volcano crater.Of course this hike can't be to grueling when one gets passed on the trail by a girl wearing high heel shoes.

A view of the parking lot and Yumiike pond.

At last we arrive at Yugama!

Cold, misty, a wind swept barren summit, and here I stand; explorer, photographer, poet, a man simply full of it!

My navigator, I would be lost without her.

From the top of the mountain we can see the road to Manza.

This is our Inn for the night "Manzatei".

This hotel had a fantastic hot bath which I couldn't photograph due to the fact that camera's are not allowed inside.

The next morning we took a walk around the Manza area.

Due to the highly acidic steam emanating from the ground everything deteriorates quickly.

The hotels in Manza are clustered together.

Close to our hotel is a nice little reflecting pond.

After breakfast we checked out and headed for "Ikaho". This town is famous for the 365 stone steps that run through the center of town.

Who would have thought that walking up and down steps would be considered a good time.

At the top of the steps is... a Shinto shrine!

Very peaceful atmosphere.

Also during our travels we stopped at lake Nozori simply because we had never been there and it was on the way.

Nice lake. And, that's it for our trip!

Thanks for stopping by!

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