Looks like we have an extra companion travelling back home with us.
Flying out of Tokyo, Blainie spotted Fuji in the distance. Then we lost sight of it for a while. Then the captain came over the PA and said those of us on the right hand side of the plane would get a good view of Fuji. Luckily, we were on the right side. There could have been trouble otherwise. What a view.
At changeover in Singapore, work on very tired legs.
Our new companion arrived in Perth, and found it to be acceptable, with lovely warm weather.
Rooftop shot of Andon. We have had a ten year association with this hotel. Longer than any house we have lived in in Australia. Would go again. Spent a casual morning packing.
Lovely and sunny for our last day in Japan — so we went back to the Yanaka area again, to see it in a different light. We even went back to the same cafė for more delicious curry and beverages. Then we saw the famous stray cats, that congregate on the steps of Yanaka Ginza, and bask in the late arvo sun.
The Kichijoji area was on today’s agenda. Before we get in to it — some early panda and bear cupcakes. We had to cut them in half, to be fair.
Then, the highlight of the area is the spectacular cat cafė #temarinoouchi which is more than just a cat café. It is also a cat playground a human relaxation space.
Then back to the blog recommendation of ’35 steps’. Quite the process to even find the place. It is named for the 35 steps you descend to get to it. It was good. Would go again.
Then we had some spare change in our pockets after dinner, so we thougt we better buy some tequila for the train trip home.
We went to Yanaka on the recommendation of staff at Andon. Cute little area — full of galleries, crafty shops, shrines, cafés and old buildings. Really nice area. Coffee in a renovated hundred year old building.
Then, later, Ginza. Hello Kitty last minute shopping. And sushi at a place where you fill in a form to order. Very good.
They sent us home once Kitty was packed away for the night.
The forecast for the day was sunny — so you can’t muck around — gotta go to Disneyland.
They’ll let anyone on the trains.
Goodbye Shinazawa lodge, and all the lovely people.
Back in Tokyo, we finally worked out how to get our auto pass ‘Suica’ cards for the trains. It has only taken us 10 years to work this out.
Snow replace by neon.
After yesterday’s less than ideal conditions, today proved to be fantastic. Busy on the slopes, but just great. Best day of skiing ever.
Koala snowman at the gondola mid station, halfway up the mountain.
A well earned (Austrian) beer après ski. Great week of skiing and boarding. We will miss you again Nozawa.