Breakfast was Japanese-style again and this time they offered to cook our "raw eggs"...whew!
After breakfast, the minshuku dropped us off at the station and we were able to ride the Aomatsu (blue pine) train.
Willer has three types, Akamatsu (red pine), Aomatsu (blue pine) and Kuromatsu (black pine) for various lines in the area, some are reservations only, some have extra fees and some can be ridden without added costs.
Aomatsu was ride without added costs, so we were happy to be able to get seats.
It was like sitting in a moving café. It was a great experience.
The first thing we did when we arrived in Fukuchiyama was get some coffee and then find the castle ruins.
It takes about 10 minutes from the station to walk to the castle ruins.
The inside of the castle is modernized, but you can see the city from the top.
There were crazy Japanese people sticking their selfie sticks outside of the castle windows to take pictures of themselves inside the castle...geez!
It was so hot that we stopped for some gelato at Adachi Otoemon. This Japanese confectioner makes lots of sweets using local Tamba kuri (chestnuts).
Satoshi ordered a 2 dip (flavors) with Marron gelato and Kuri (chestnut overkill?) his scoops had tons of chestnut bits in it. Delicious!
I chose Uji matcha and bitter chocolate. The rich chocolate balanced out with the bitter matcha.
Refreshed, we checked out the Chisui (flood) museum. This museum is located in a restored home and provides information on floods and also teaches about flood control.
About a year or two ago, Fukuchiyama was flooded out. The volunteer explained that the older style home floors were protected with flood control techniques but the newly built home floors were destroyed with the flood.
It was a neat place to check out.
Lunch was at Konamono-ya.
Earlier while walking to the castle ruins, a banner caught my eye..."B-kyu gurume Gomuyakisoba".
If you know some Japanese, you'll know that "gomu" means rubber...I knew we had to check out this place.
I ordered the gomu yakisoba meshi and Satoshi ordered the gomu omusoba.
The noodles were "rubbery" but what was interesting was the topping of a little marinara and basil mayo, which actually matched their yakisoba sauce.
I'm glad we tried this!
We brought home some canned sardines and a tokkuri ika. The squid is shaped and dried into a tokkuri (bottle) for you to put your sake into. The top is shaped and dried into an ochoko (cup). After drinking your sake from this several times, the squid becomes soft enough to eat as a chaser. I'll be sure to post about this when we try it.
We had a nice time and for the most part the weather was cooperative. I hope you enjoyed our adventure as much as we did.
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