Sunday, May 8, 2016

Golden Week Adventures 2016 (Part 4) / ゴルデンウィークの冒険 2016(パート4)

Lunch time in Tono. We went back to the Genghis Khan restaurant and noticed the parking lot had thinned out.  Just as we were getting out of the car, we saw a restaurant employee putting up the closed sign for the day!  So we went to other Genghis Khan shop only to find that it was still crowded and would be about a half-hour wait.  So we changed plans, gave up on eating Genghis Khan and settled for a ramen shop instead.


We decided on a ramen shop called Housuke.  Their specialty is the nira nanbu ramen.

Nira Nanbu Ramen (mild soup) / ニラ南部らーめん(あっさり)
Nira Nanbu Ramen (strong soup) / ニラ南部らーめん (こってり)
Kara Miso Ramen / 辛味噌らーめん
This ramen shop features an all you can eat nira and kimchi corner (with rice as well) for rree.
This may seem like a regular bottle of beer but is made with hops grown in the Tohoku area.  It was mighty tasty!
Our final tourist destination in Tono City was the Furusato Village.  It wasn't much different from the Denshouen, just larger.
Tono Furusato Village Entrance / 遠野ふるさと村入口
Map of the village / ふるさと村の地図
Carpenter's house / 大工殿
Funky scarecrow / ちょっと変わったかかし
Cherry blossoms / 桜
Irori (sunken hearth) / いろり
Ono House / 小野殿
Carp streamers / 鯉のぼり
It was time to leave Tono City and head up to Aomori.

On our way up to Aomori, we spotted an iridescent cloud.
Mount Iwate / 岩手山
Mount Iwaki / 岩木山
Mount Iwaki / 岩木山
Souvenir from Tono.

Reiko and I are fans of Shigeru Mizuki (creator of "Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro") and there was an illustrated version of "Legends of Tono" written by him which Reiko bought and I am currently borrowing and reading.
Towa Onsen / 問和温泉

We actually made one more stop before heading up to Aomori.  At Towa Parking Area, we dropped in at the Towa Onsen.  Always nice to soak in a bath before heading out on another long drive.  Unfortunately, the outdoor bath was closed for cleaning today.

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