Paige, Olivia and Natalie on the Shinkansen bound for Himi, on Toyama Bay, just outside of Takaoka.
Yummy sweet potato ice cream that is only available on Shinkansen
Mind blown seeing these trees growing out on a small island in the ocean!
I waste no time getting comfortable and heading to the onsen for rest and relaxation!
One of the gardens at the hotel…
The next morning we packed up and made our way to a beautiful, modern ryokan in Komatsu City called Sarai. It was here where we would stay for two nights.
In Japan, you can wear your yukata (cotton robe) anywhere!
We had many parties that included some very good sake!
Another dinner party- here is our teacher, Yoshida Shihan
A wonderful local artist came to celebrate with us and made everyone a personal artwork to take home!
Hidekazu Mori-san making his art
Our aikido training and Honkoji practice was intense for the remaining days. Here, we had visitors from all over the world join our practice. One training session was in this Buddhist Temple.
It was a crowded space. We took turns with our practice…
For the afternoon training, we moved to another Budokan…
These training spaces can be found all over Japan. They are massive! We had a great time exploring and training and seeing our big aikido family.
Next stop was an early morning train ride out of Komatsu City at 5:15 am (the first train of the day out of Komatsu) to head back to Tokyo to go to Tokyo Disney for the day!
Our first trip to Tokyo Disney!
The enchanted castle- we arrived to see the Easter decorations!
Only in Japan will you find curry popcorn!
Until next time Japan! Sayonara 🙂