Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A nostalgic hot spring hideaway - Shima Onsen (四万温泉) Part 3

This is part 3 of a write-up about a recent trip to Shima Onsen.  You can find part 1 here and part 2 here

I woke up from my nap feeling totally refreshed and ready for dinner.  I decided to head back to the same place that I had had lunch at.

As much as I wanted to have another negi tonkatsu I restrained myself and went for the healthy option (?) of miso ramen.

Beautiful, dark, rich, thick miso ramen that was perfect on a cold winter's night!

Finishing up, I went back to the ryokan and grabbed my other camera and set off for a walk around the town after dark.  I always find walking around places at night very interesting.  You get to see a completely different side of things at night.  Take Tokyo for example.  At night time, the city doesn't sleep.  The day people sleep but the night people are out and about and doing their thing, the city almost as busy as it is during the day, but different things are happening.  Shima onsen, on the other hand, was simply peaceful and quiet.  It was so silent that you could hear the snowflakes landing.

I almost felt guilty having all of this to myself to enjoy.........almost.........

With a smile on my face and a skip in my step, I headed back to the Ryokan for yet another soak and then bed.  

I woke up to yet another breakfast of champions (I love these Japanese breakfasts when I'm travelling).

Having a few hours to kill until the bus back to Tokyo (yes, the bus.  I wasn't taking any risks this time!!) I decided to head over to the old ryokan that I had taken photos of in part 2 and have one last soak in their onsen.  It was old and beautiful and almost Roman in it's decor, at least on the inside it was.

On the outside it was all Japanese!!

Finally, unfortunately, it was time to say goodbye (in the words of the great Andrea Bocelli).  Hauling my waterlogged, but totally relaxed, butt onto the bus I lasted about 10 minutes before sleep took over.  Well, it was a relaxation weekend after all......

Well, that's it for this post and this series of posts about Shima Onsen.  I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly enjoyed being there.  Please leave a comment below and sign up to receive email notifications when I upload a post and please share the blog with someone you know who would enjoy it.

Until next time, bye.

- train ride from Shinjuku to Nakanojo - 2,590 yen plus 980 yen for the Green Car seat
- bus from Nakanojo station to Shima Onsen - 940 yen
- Ayameya Ryokan - 9,000 yen per night (including breakfast)
- bus from Shima Onsen to Tokyo station - 3,100 yen.