yesterday, i got home from a 2 night stay at Mai's grandfathers onsen in Odoi, Shizuoka!! it was so refreshing to get out of the city and into the beautiful country side! it was a 2 hour drive out of Tokyo and into Shizuoka.
it was such a blessing to spend time there, because initially, before i came to Japan, i was actually planning on staying in a hotel in a city town - a forest town - and a beach town... but Odoi perfectly fulfilled that because behind our onsen was forest and mountains, and in the front was a 3 minute walk to the beach! so it was perfect!!!
everything was so beautiful and calm there. i really think i could live in a place like that... even driving along the ocean coast, you can see Mt. Fuji!! the hot springs and the country side really refreshed me and gave me new taste of Japanese culture i can't get in the city.
i thoroughly and wholesomely enjoyed my stay in Shizuoka. it was probably one of the main highlights of my stay here in Japan :-)
ps: tomorrow i'm taking a 3 hour bullet train ride to Osaka!