C, S, and I headed down to Shirakawa and onwards to Nasu on Sunday. And it was lovely. So lovely. If only Koriyama wasn’t such an ‘I’m not a village, not yet a city’ kind of place. It’s just in the middle of the urban heirarchy and I’m pretty sure it’ll look exactly the same 20 years from now.
Nanko Lake was covered in water lilies. And scum. But I was still nice to look at.
The Nanko Shrine suffered a bit of damage from the quake. A stone torii [traditional gate typically at the entrance of Shinto shrines] fell and was relocated to a grass plot towards the back.
There was a traditional garden right across from the shrine. Entrance was ¥300 and you can add on a cup of tea and a mochi sweet for ¥500. The stroll comes with a koi pond, elderly workers, and spider webs.
I We tracked down a veggie restaurant called こと葉 [Kotoha]. The atmosphere alone was worth it. Because I will be making thousands off it in the future.
The Kotoha plate set was ¥1450 and you had a choice of coffee or yuzu tea.
And OF COURSE there was a yearly weekend sale at different shops all around Nasu going on. The best find was a place called Gashu Gashu that consisted of tiny cabin-like shops in the forest.
The entire way back we kept passing interesting shops and dog cafes. Will have to go back to soon to check them all out.