Setting off from the bus station for our 45 minutes bus journey to Aikawa from Ryotsu port.
Almost empty streets, shutters down on most of the shops and everything just oozed of 80s feel.
That weekend was the Tanabata Festival celebrations, some places in Japan still follows the lunar calendar for some festivals. Some families were preparing the bamboo for hanging the wishing stars.
View from our onsen hotel, Mancho in Aikawa.
Gone are the days where you can just lie down and be a vegetable when you check in. We still have to entertain an active baby who was crawling non stop and exploring many places.
Just how much drinks we had that night with our family. I think the reason they gave was “we have to try the different Niigata flavors”
The tip of the ice berg of how much we were to eat.
The grilled dish
The cold cooked dish – crab legs
The grilled beef cubes.
Another grilled fish with sauce
Deep fried dish of vegetable tempura and local fish head
The hot plate dish of abalone slices with butter. Yes, Japanese love to eat the intestine of the abalone too.
Squid ink steamed rice.
Amond jelly with orange for dessert. Too much food right? I was super super stuffed.
Took a walk around the hotel
nightly Entertainment from the hotel with traditional Sado dances.