December 31, 2009

Tsurunoyu Hot Spring, Akita (December 31st, Winter Trip Day 2)

The entrance of Tsurunoyu. They displayed some New Year's ornaments.

After we arrived at the hot spring, we had to wait till 3:00 PM to check in. So, we had lunch at the waiting room and looked around the inn and bathed in the hot spring. The water was whitish and felt really good after walking outside in the snow.
After checking in, we bathed a few more times and had nice dinner at our own room. Even they served Toshikoshi Soba. (There is a custom in Japan to have Soba noodles on New Year's Eve night.) We slept a little after eating Soba and then bathed again around midnight... The first thing we were doing on the year 2010 was bathing in the outside bath of Tsurunoyu hot spring in the snow!


The inside of the waiting room.

Mountain vegetables Donburi for lunch.

The shrine at the hot spring.

The shrine at the hot spring.

Our room.

From the window of our room.

One of the baths...they have 4 different kinds of hot spring water.

Dinner...Everything was so delicious.

Grilled Iwana.

Yama-no-imo Nabe...the specialty of this inn.
These white ball are made from Yam.

Toshikoshi Soba.

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