At the ryokan
      After a surprisingly long taxi ride to the Ohara area, we arrived at the ryokan.  The staff were waiting for us, greeted us and helped us in.  Apparently, you aren't supposed to place your luggage on the nice hardwood floors inside the ryokan, but the friendly staff helped make sure that didn't happen and whisked our bags inside.

       The ryokan was beautiful and I was amazed to see the interior of the rooms.  It looked like something out of a museum.  The furniture was sparse but elegant, employing dark woods contrasting against the tan walls and tatami mats and the white of the sliding doors.

       One of the great joys of the ryokan is its soothing beginnings.  Within ten minutes of arriving, my luggage was put away, the table was set and I was sipping green tea, munching on cookies and absorbing the beauty inside and outside my room..

Soon after arriving at the ryokan, your table is set and tea and cookies await you. 
Behind the table, the main window provides a view of the gardens in the backyard.

On one side of the room, I had a small indoor-patio-like room where 
several  people can sit next to the gardens.

After arriving at the ryokan, you change into a yukata and lounge around in it the rest
of the day as you wander the gardens, eat dinner and relax. The yukata they provided
was supposed to be "one size fits all,"which wasn't true in my case.  You're supposed
to be able to wrap the belt around your waist twice. 

Kickin' back for some fresh air after dinner.

In the morning sun, you can better appreciate the garden's serene beauty. 
Imagine that in your backyard.

Wandering the gardens.

        While you are eating dinner, your room is prepared for the evening.  The table is cleared and moved to the side and the futon is taken out.  It was very comfy on the futon.

Go away!  I'm sleeping!


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