Kumano Kodo Nature Hiking & Ise Grand Shrine Trip: Part 3

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Off we went back on the bus, hungry and ready to relax. To our delight, we stopped at a sushi conveyor belt restaurant. It such a fun experience! The sushi was very good quality too. We were each allotted a certain amount of plates, which as you can tell, we took full advantage of.

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Back on the bus we went, but it was never a boring ride. The views of the mountains and rivers were gorgeous, especially the unbelievably blue fresh water.

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We made a pit stop at Kawayu onsen, which is a famous location for hot spring water on the riverbanks. Digging in the dirt on the bank results in a fresh pool of extremely hot spring water. We had a lovely bento lunch and warmed our feet in the water.

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  Then, we arrived at our lodgings! The location was lovely, complete with a wide river and pleasant forests.

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  The cabins were also amazing! They were quite luxurious.

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  Inside, the cabins were Japanese-style, complete with tatami mats, futons, and a very comfortable bath.

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  It was also wonderful to find that bikes were provided along with the lodgings! Since we had a good amount of free time, we rode around the area and explored.

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  We also played a bit in the river that ran in front of the cabins. It was shallow and the rocks were comfortable on our feet. While the water was cold, it was invigorating.

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  Finally, it was dinnertime. The lodgings had perfect barbecuing tables outdoors. I couldn’t remember the last time I had a hot dog!

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