Saturday, September 24, 2011

Our summer holiday in pictures

Day 1

The reward for successfully taking a tandem on the Shinkansen was a succulent steak in ugly rainy Sendai.



Sendai



View from our hotel room in famously beautiful Matsushima Bay.
 

Matsushima


Day 2

Zuigan-ji temple, Matsushima.

 

Zuigan-ji, Matsushima

Then into the countryside, where the shrines are a little more rudimentary. It was still raining. Hard.


A shrine in a field


At Naruko Onsen there was no shortage of food, baths and towels for hungry wet cyclists.

 
Dinner


Day 3 

On the road in the rain to somewhere... Convenience stores appeared as shining havens. The normally inedible hot tinned coffee and snacks became delicious. And they had pristine dry toilets.

 
7-11



That night we stayed in the temple on top of Haguro-san
 
Saikan on Haguro-san



We had 2 rooms. A bedroom and a tearoom. The building rattled in the wind but the tired tandemmers  slept soundly through the typhoon.
 
Saikan on Haguro-san


Day 4 

Touring the temple (Actually the first shot below was taken on the way out on Day 5). 
Main shrine


Gosaiden temple, Haguro-san



Pond
 
Gosaiden temple, Haguro-san



Bell
 
Gosaiden temple, Haguro-san



Stairs. 
Pilgrims should climb the 2446 stairs to the shrine on the top of Haguro-san, but this was hardly practical with a loaded tandem so we had innocently headed up the toll road. Thus we climbed down and back up.
 
stairs up Haguro-san



There were lots of trees and things, and it didn't rain all the time.
 
Minami Dani 



 To prove we did it, here's a five-storied pagoda sits near the bottom of the stairs.
 
Fice-storied pagoda



Day 5
As we headed home the sun came out briefly, and the rice fields started to glow.
 


The local railway station at Kiyokawa was unmanned and unmachined. We didn't pay a penny until we got off the Shinkansen in Tokyo.
 

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