Sunday, April 20, 2014

Osaka beach and stickered up

With not wanting to drive far, the local beach had to suffice-

Copious amounts of seaweed was not good for swimming.  Yukino made the best of it-

The car hit 150000km! 93000miles to folks not using km.  That is high mileage in Japan. 

Aki covering himself in stickers- 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Off the map on the way home

With the abandoned amusement park behind us it was time to continue home.  We had A LOT of ground to cover and I still wanted to avoid the highway.  There is one highway into Tottori, and it is nice,  but with my trusty Mapple book map I just HAD to see something with my own eyes.  Throughout the country, in the mountains there are roads that have gaps.  According the map it is as if two roads were never connected.  Sometimes that is true as I have found out in the past.  I was fairly confident that the map makers were wrong about this road though.

See for yourself-

We started going up the mountain-

Friday, April 18, 2014

Stopping at Tottori Playland on the way home


With that crappy city behind us we started the journey home-

Highways are for losers so I took back roads-

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Boat ride and swimmin in Tottori

The dunes provided entertainment for about 5 minutes.  The sudden rain shower didn't help.

Somehow we ended up on this boat....


...which headed out...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dudududuuunnnne

Tottori is famous for one thing; dunes.  Sand dunes.  Not the other kind of dunes.  Whatever those are. 

These are not dunes-

This is not a dune.  Still cool though.  Eco power-

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lunch and beach in Shimane

From the boat earlier we had caught a glimpse of the street and knew we had to check it out-

Super duper cute soba restaurant-

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Matsue - a boat ride to a castle and beer

After a restful sleep in our cheap business hotel we went outside to sunny and awfully hot day.  Not much shade in this city though!

Aki is a big fan of rivers now and we gravitate to them whenever possible-


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Up the coast, through the hills, and in Matsue

After Izumo-taisha went for a dip in the water.  Well, I did because I learned to never half ass going into water from my father.  Yukino and Aki played in the sand.  No pics though sorry!

Whenever we are on the road in the summer Yukino just HAS to get to a beach.  Not one to say no to that we went to the nearest one-


We drove up the coast after-


Friday, April 11, 2014

Izumo-taisha - Shimane!

Izumotaisha! One of the oldest and most important Shinto shrines in the country.  Big enough for us to want to visit and far away enough from people that other people don't want to-

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Heading to Shimane - but first, Tottori

Shimane! Tottori!  Two prefectures neither Yukino nor I had been to and were waiting to be conquered.  A three day vacation gave us the perfect chance to get up there and see the most unpopulated places in Japan.

 A service area with older men getting ice cream.  Ice cream is famous around here and you will see why.



First up was Hiruzen Highland-

Beautiful sprawling hills that are what Hokkaido look like I imagine-