Escape to the Countryside (part 2)

After checking into the Hashidate Bay Hotel we still had a couple of hours to kill before dinner.  It was such a pretty afternoon that we decided to take a walk to Itanami Jinja which is just down the road. 

This is why:

The park was absolutely covered in pretty, blooming cherry trees!

We also wandered around the shrine itself.  I really enjoy visiting shrines, especially in the countryside.  Unlike the shrines and temples in touristy places like Kyoto which are crawling with people and anything but zen, their countryside counterparts are quite the opposite.  Often we are the only people there, so they are quiet and peaceful and you can take your time.

That night we went out for yaki niku (Korean BBQ) with our friends Toru and Kana, and their two children.  I should have taken more pictures, but I didn't, just the one!

On the way home we stopped at the specialty/gourmet shop in Tango called Itotome.  They had our wedding sake on sale!  I swear, sales would skyrocket if they advertised it as such ;)

It was cold and rainy the next day, so B and I decided we should head back to Osaka to finish packing.

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  1. Ahhhh, Itanami jinja!!! The pictures took me back to my childhood! My family and I went there every time we had Japanese ceremonies! And also, I often went to the park beside the shrine with my friend! I so will visit Itanami jinja next time I go back to Tango!!