We went to a hotel spa in Komoro, it was much posher than the public spa but a lot smaller. Granda managed not to get lost or lose his clothes this time! For obvious reasons I didn’t take any photos there as we’re naked again 🙂 Afterwards we had lunch which was a Chinese banquet – very nice i especially liked the noodles. Not sure why I didn’t take photos of that, maybe just focusing on the food 🙂 Can’t be taking photos all the time.
The house we stayed at Rie’s parents house was designed and built by Shigeo Saito, Rie’s Father. It’s got 2 main floors and a basement/workshop. There is a bedroom in the attic too so that is really 4 floors.
The house is located on a mountain and is accessible via a long windy road, must be interesting in the snow.
Granda just reminded me it’s 700 metres above sea level about 6 hairpin bends to get up there.
The style is really nice with exposed wood everywhere, the coreof the house is concrete and the wood is built on top of that, it’s a very sturdy structure, and warm and cosy.
You can read about the attack-of-the-giant-wasps here
As it’s winter all the live wasps are asleep 🙁 If you come in summer you can interact with the live wasps (whatever that means) That sounds like a different experience altogether. We did get a discount only 500yen instead of the 1000yen it would be in Summer.
We went through the door and were welcomed by the lady that runs the place, we took off our shoes and put on the slippers provided and entered the world of the giant wasp… tune in tomorrow and find out the surprising truth!
We start the day with Setsubun, as it’s 3rd Feb. Setsubun is the festival to get rid of demons and therefore bring good luck. They have big celebrations at shrines and temples all around Japan in Kyoto they take have a big event
Ok and so to Komoro…
It’s a bit spooky, theres no one around but us, very unusual for England let alone Japan.