The hotel we were staying at was kind of remote and our only way to get to the next big train station in Mishima was the shuttle bus which only runs twice in the morning.
So to still get something out of the surroundings we got up early for a morning walk - and by this I mean we were out of the hotel at 7:15 AM!
There's an easy hiking trail that goes uphill, along the river and partly through the forest. It was also surprisingly varied.
Starting with bamboo.
A wood trail
Morning sun through the trees
Moss covered path
The goal: waterfalls
What? I can't play golf here?
Apparently there is a danger of flash floods. So to keep people away from the river but let them enjoy the water anyway, a second, tamer version was created beside it!
Left: artificial river - right: the real thing
Autumn is coming
The artificial waterfall by our hotel
That's our room in the center.
Onsen from outside (behind the yellow wall)
Breakfast à la japonaise - it's serious business.
Two awesome things in one picture: 296 meters high Landmark Tower and the Nippon Maru, a former sail training ship turned into a museum.
Ready for boarding
Of course we went on that ship! It's huge and really interesting to see.
This is the ship's motor which had been in service from 1930 to 1984 - a world record!
8 people in one small room...
Better for the upper levels
That's a lot of brass!
After this we went back to the hotel to check into our rooms which turned out to be so tiny, we could hardly open our suitcases!
Mirror selfie: me being reflected in the building opposite the hotel.
Olivier's mother had a view to the other side, over all the harbour, lucky her!The older people stayed there to rest. After all, Shoshi and Takako are 85! But Oli and me wanted to walk some more before the next family reunion in the early evening.
Ever since I had done a little research about Yokohama I had one goal: to go on that ferris wheel!
Fortunately it was only 15 minutes from our hotel - well we took a bit longer because of photos...
The wheel is in the middle of a small amusement park.
Up we go!
Minigolf on a roof
After we got off the wheel we walked through the building next to it and I found my personal definition of hell...
Win a manga figure!
Ah, back outside! The relief! That's our hotel right over there.
View from the hotel's top floor. So pretty!
Through the early nightlife
We met more of Olivier's relatives who live in the area. For a change the conversation was mostly broken English instead of French.
It was a nice, informal evening with people changing places during the meal so they could chat with everybody.
Oli even tried some of his very rusty Japanese on his cousin's husband.
Time for group pictures!
Here are some, standing in line (of course!) outside a restaurant.
Back in the hotel we had to take some more pictures of the view.
Even prettier at night!