Rainbow and rolling clouds over Biwako
The rainbow lasted for an hour. First spotted it outside Otsu station while waiting for hotel shuttle bus. It was still around after checking into room.
lit-up fountain show
Winter Illuminations in Kyoto station
dropped by before heading to Biwako onsen hotel. Spotted a crane on roof, maybe it was the same crane I saw on its moat 2 years ago 💡
Crane on roof
Shirahama onsen hotel
- 2nd stay (before returning to HK)
- upgraded to modern suite
- French dinner
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Stayed in this luxurious onsen resort hotel while visiting Shirahama. Given all are suite rooms we picked a western-style suite in 90 sqm. Lavishly decorated, it has meticulous facilities, while meals were prepared from top food sources from Spain, Hokkaido and elsewhere in Japan.
seaview from living room
Picked this onsen hotel as it has rooms in modern style and a balcony with seaview. Though there was a tub, it’s not using onsen but only hot water as stated on its website (in Japanese), so we did not even bother. The public rotenburo was spacious, sea-facing and very nice, though it took a bit of walk downhill.
Kaiseki dinner was nice though whale in sashimi (“Kujira”) was served, as in most other ryokans in southern Wakayama. We deliberately did NOT touch it at all.
rotenburo in balcony but only hot water is supplied
view from balcony
Ume trees in the garden