Saturday, November 29, 2014

Autumn in Japan and a wonderful hot springs weekend at one of Japan's best ryokan

The beautiful open-air bath

In Japan yesterday, living a Travelife, we checked into one of the country's most historical and luxurious hot springs inns.

It's one of the most tasteful places I've seen in Japan, and it's very stylish and luxurious in an understated way.

This photo was taken yesterday

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SERIOUS ART ON THE WALLS

The art on the walls are all contemporary, but these are by some of the hottest contemporary artists in Asia. There's nothing so obvious as an Impressionist masterpiece or a statement piece here.

In fact, all the art blends so well with the interiors that you have to be a serious enthusiast of contemporary art to recognise what you're passing in the hallways.

WONDERFUL, EACH TIME



I've always chosen each onsen ryokan I've stayed in with great care, so I've had very good experiences in all. 

And each place is so different that it's impossible to compare one with another.

It's like comparing apples with oranges, so it's better to appreciate each ryokan on its own merits, as long as these are in the same general category.

A CLASS OF ITS OWN.
JACQUES CHIRAC STAYED IN THE SAME SUITE.

Jacques Chirac stayed in this very same suite

Nevertheless, this ryokan I'm staying in tonight is certainly something else. It's in a class of its own.

I'm in good company as well as many dignitaries from around the world -- not to mention, Japan -- have stayed here.

In fact, former French president Jacques Chirac is just one of the dozens of famous people who have stayed in this very suite that I am writing this blog from.

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LUCKY AS ALWAYS
IN A TRAVELIFE



And yesterday, after checking in, we went for a stroll to the old town, which the Taisho Emperor of Japan once used to frequent, as the Imperial family of Japan once had their summer home here.

I took this photo of a tourist taking a photo
in the bamboo forest yesterday, living a Travelife
We walked through a bamboo forest and then along a river lined with ancient ryokan and spectacular autumn foliage -- the entire time marveling at how lucky we were that we had timed our visit so perfectly to catch the autumn colors in this part of Japan at its loveliest peak, on just another wonderful weekend in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Manila, see you soon.


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