06.36 AM, yawn~
After obaasan cleared our table and while our tummy still full. We planned to take a stroll around Ginzan.
When we arrived at the lobby, it was empty with no staff and customer. With all those sandals served at the lobby, most of the customers must be outside too. It is because after dinner time with full tummy and the weather was clear too.
It was around 8.30PM (yeaaa surprisingly we finished our dinner in two hours!!), the small town was not so noisy. Only the sound of the nature, the river, some visitors happily walked around and took photos at some spots. I brought my tripod out and use timer mode this time. 🙂
Ginzan is so magical at night with all the old style buildings on each side of the river and all those pretty gas lamp posts. It felt like we travel through time capsule and filled with romanticism and nostalgia from the Taisho period.
We were standing at Fujiya Inn, the most modern ryokan in Ginzan. Easily spotted from its minimalist façade. Architect is Kengo Kuma.
Mr. F is freezing! Out butts were wet after seating at snowy bench haha
Us in front of our beloved Notoya ryokan
I was so happy that finally we could use our tripod to take photo with both of us in one frame! He said Ginzan is so fascinating. It was the prettiest place for ryokan city and his best ryokan experience so far, especially the food. Both of our winter jacket were borrowed from Notoya (they have lots of these for customers). The staff offered to us to use the jacket and boots from Notoya. I did not wear Notoya boots since it’s too big for me and made me harder to walk.
Warm ourselves before return back to our room and go to hotspring
Surprisingly, when we returned to our room. There was a plate with onigiri served for us! Awww…obaasan made it for us. ❤ So touching! We were so full that night so we planned to eat it on the way back to Tokyo the next day. It was the sweetest thing served for us. ❤
Arrived in Ginzan Onsen area.
Ginzan Onsen is a small town that located in Yamagata Prefecture. It’s called Silver Mountain Hot Springs because the town is very popular as a hot spring / onsen town. Almost all the buildings along the river are ryokan. Long time ago, this city was a silver mine area which made it called Ginzan or silver.
おはようございます! Good morning!
We got off from the bus in front of Osaki Station around 7AM. It was a very warm morning with a clear weather. A morning time when there are a lot of suit & tie people walking to the station or their office. We grabbed our light breakfast at the minimart nearby because the food sold outside the shinkansen station much cheaper.