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Day 27 - Walking The Nakasendō, Japan - Heading Into the Mountains, from Akasaka to Tarui, Sekigahara, Imasu and Kashiwabara

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Day 27 - Walking The Nakasendō, Japan - Heading Into the Mountains, from Akasaka to Tarui, Sekigahara, Imasu and Kashiwabara

Our hotel in the Kawaramachi neighborhood of Gifu City felt like a sanctuary for the two days we stayed there.
Even though my soak last night in the hot spring Onsen was a bit noisy, with many Chinese women who spoke loudly, spread their wet towels all over the bathhouse and left their water cups by the side of the pools, without picking them up later, I still enjoyed the hot baths, the dim lights and the ability to rest and massage my feet.
We had a good breakfast, checked out and took the 9:30am hotel shuttle to Gifu Station.

Finally today, the scenery has changed to beautiful again.
The post towns were not so spread apart, and as we left the density of the urban sprawl with its run down houses and streets, the post towns got more rural and better kept.

It is amazing how quickly outside of the city the scenery started to improve.
Instead of taking the train…

Day 26 - Walking The Nakasendō, Japan - The Golden Buddha of Gifu, and Have I Lost the Passion for Walking the Nakasendō?

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Day 26 - Walking The Nakasendō, Japan - The Golden Buddha of Gifu, and Have I Lost the Passion for Walking the Nakasendō?

Today we combined sightseeing with walking the Nakasendō.
In the morning, we had a lovely buffet breakfast and tried some local specialties.
My favorite was a salty soy milk soup with creamy tofu in it.
One of the foods I miss eating most, when I am not in Japan, is the fabulous selection of tofus available here that taste too good to be described.

Another dish that was lovely was baked sweet brown miso paste served on a leaf.
It was hot and superb, and they recommended that we put it on our rice.

After breakfast, we made some hotel bookings for the next few days, because my friend has just reminded me that Golden Week in Japan is coming soon.
Golden Week is the busiest traveling week in all of the year, when most hotels are fully booked.

The weather today was lovely, not too warm and not too sunny, and we walked along the most scenic part of town, the Kawaramachi…