V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! That's it, that's what we want! So, off to Akita prefecture we went. First stop was the town of Kakunodate.
This is where they sell locally made soy sauce.
Inside is real nice.
Since I was traveling with six women this was a must see place.While I was taking pictures they were busy buying soy sauce.
Products on display.
After the shopping frenzy was over it was time for a walk around the town.
We walked, other tourist opted for a rickshaw ride.
Looks like fun.
More local products being sold at a corner shop. Udon noodles.
This is where we stayed for the first couple of days.
It's called Zenikawa Onsen.
It was nice to wake up to the sound of this mountain stream in the morning.
View from the front.
More sight seeing. Ancient village site.
Getting back to our roots. Well, somebodies roots.
One of the nice things about Akita is that there is plenty of wide open space.
And, we walked all over that wide open space.
We were told that this is also an ancient burial site. So, we said a silent prayer asking forgiveness for stomping around all over the place.
Knowing that it was an ancient burial site made it like walking across a mine field without mines.
I'm loving the green color here.
Another day another place to visit. Lake Towada.
On the boardwalk.
This is peaceful.
A lakeside statue of two naked women about to touch each other. There was also a large group of giggling school girls. You can't make this stuff up. I love it!
The nature trails around the lake are spectacular.
Deep in the woods we find the entrance to a Shinto shrine.
At least I think it's a shrine. Either way it's nicely tucked away deep in the forest.
Time to make a wish.
Another day, another place to visit. Welcome to Tamagawa Onsen.
They say the waters of Tamagawa Onsen can help cure cancer.
Sulfurous steam erupts out of the ground everywhere.
To the right of the picture is a small yellow crater constantly belching out steam
The sound is like a small jet engine.
Thanks for stopping by!