After exploring Kanazawa, the day earlier than, we determined to make a stopover to Yokohama which is definitely a fairly nifty 30 minutes from Narita Airport (and Tokyo, for that matter) by practice.
It’s humorous, we’ve visited Tokyo twice earlier than and for some motive we’d by no means ventured past the town limits to go to Yokohama which is so shut. The truth is, it’s so shut that the boundaries between the 2 cities are fairly blurred, particularly if you’re taking a practice.
That being stated, Yokohama is a completely completely different metropolis in its personal proper and with just a few free days, we thought it could be an incredible little cease earlier than our flight again dwelling.
With that in thoughts, we headed straight throughout to the Kanazawa Ward of Yokohama, which is rather less constructed up and extra peaceable than smack-bang within the centre. After hopping off the practice at Kanazawa-Bunko Station, we shortly dropped our luggage off at our ryokan for the night time and headed straight out to discover.
Our first cease was the beautiful small (however stunning) Seto Shrine that’s proper subsequent to Kanazawa-Hakkei Station. There’s simply one thing concerning the historic shrines and temples that I really like in Japan. I’m undecided if it’s the buildings or simply the peacefulness of the locations however they at all times appear to attract me.
Now, the factor concerning the Seto Shrine in Yokohama is that it’s comparatively small. Which, if I’m sincere, was excellent for us and my tummy-rumbles had began for lunch.
After wandering the grounds and exploring the buildings, we headed straight over to CoCo Ichibanya for Japanese curry.
To be sincere, I’d by no means had Japanese curry earlier than (nicely, besides a Katsu Curry, I suppose) however as quickly as we walked in, I knew we’d made the fitting alternative. The odor was uh-mazing!
Fact be informed, it wasn’t the fanciest or cool locations to eat however what it lacked in flare, it actually made up inside essentially the most superb flavours.
As quickly as we sat down, we ordered instantly. We each went for curry ramen (with completely different meats) and a few gyozas on the facet. Yeah… keep in mind I stated I used to be ravenous by this level!
Now, after we got here round to order, we had a alternative of spiciness for our curry. Being completely naive, I believed the curries is perhaps fairly creamy (no concept why I believed this, by the way in which). How mistaken I used to be!
We each ended up going for the most well liked spice potential and actually, I believed I used to be going to faint! It was so spicy, so scrumptious and I used to be so hungry that I used to be virtually delirious after slurping up all of the noodles.
Even with the air con, I used to be sweating. Ha!
After getting all fired up with the curry, we determined to chill down and see the Shomyoji, a Buddhist temple that was a couple of minutes stroll from our ryokan.
Apparently, as we entered by the primary Niōmon gate, we handed by the 2 temple guardians (Niō) that shield most temples in Japan, I’d seen them in different temples earlier than, however by no means actually paid an excessive amount of consideration or had them explaining to me.
To start with, yeah, they’re fairly scary wanting and normally fairly overpowering watching as you stroll in. That being stated, there’s nothing to worry. The explanation why they give the impression of being so scary is that they’re current to struggle off evil and characterize the start and loss of life of all issues.
After passing the statues, we made it straight over to the Jodo type backyard and Aji pond that separates the gate from the temple itself.
The grounds had been gorgeous and it was so peaceable and quiet.
Although, as we handed over the bridge, we noticed a hoard of terrapins swimming round us. Inside only some seconds, they had been following us wherever we went throughout the bridges. A lot in order that I sort of felt just like the Pied Piper of terrapins by the point we crossed to the temple!
After giving the terrapins the could-shoulder (apparently, they nip so didn’t wish to get too shut), we headed straight to the temple that was created in the course of the Kamakura interval in Japan.
With a whole lot of years of historical past, we took a second to simply soak all of it in.
I believe, in all, we will need to have stayed an hour right here simply having fun with the tranquillity. Sounds fairly tacky, I do know nevertheless it actually did really feel blissful after we had been there.
Very quickly in any respect, we realised that the temple grounds can be closing and we needed to hotfoot it out of the gardens as to not get locked in.
Fortunately, we made it loads of time to spare and determined to walk again over to our Ryokan to examine in and name it an evening.
Now, Kitaya Ryokan was fairly a particular little place and though not fairly as luxurious because the ryokan we stayed in Hakusan Metropolis, it actually made up for this with character.
You see, the constructing itself is just a few centuries outdated, nevertheless it was by no means in Yokohama in any respect. The truth is, it was nestled within the busy streets of Tokyo.
The being stated, virtually 90 years in the past, the constructing was moved and relocated to the peaceable fringes of Yokohama itself. Even higher, the Japanese Authorities have now gone forward and registered the entire property as a tangible tradition property for cover. And you already know what, it’s simple to see why.
The entire ryokan virtually looks like a step again in time. As if, you’ve headed again to 19th Century Japan with none modern-day distractions. Properly, besides wifi (clearly).
The room was beautiful and, as you count on with a ryokan, the mattress was to be made up later within the night. After somewhat leisure, some inexperienced tea while watching the sundown from our room, we determined to name it an evening and simply chill.
It had been a superbly stress-free day, all topped off with a conventional ryokan keep.