Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kiso Road Day 4: Ask not for whom the bell tolls...

Breakfast at Daikichi.
The proprietress took a picture of us out in front and said she wanted to use it for their website. Most of the draw is Gus, I imagine.
From Tsumago we hiked to Magome. This is the most famous hiking stretch of the whole trip, and the only time that we got rained on.

These straw horses must be some kind of local thing; we saw them in a few different places.

Apparently they have bear issues, so they place these bear bells on the trail so we can scare them away. Or maybe it's a dinner bell.
Along the way we passed odakimedaki (男滝女滝), which means "male and female waterfalls." I think the first one is the male one and the second one is the female one; I'll let you use your own gender stereotypes to guess how they picked the names.

It looks like they worked pottery fragments into the asphalt on this road.

When we arrived in Magome we were pretty wet and cold, but we found a place to get some hot soba. Gus gives it a thumbs-up.
In Magome we stayed at a place called Tajimaya (但馬や); they gave us a nice big room that was easier to baby-proof than most places we stayed in.

Dinner at Tajimaya.

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