After a busy day, we spenth the night at a typical onsen (hot spring inn), Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel. This is not a luxury inn and does not generally cater to Westerners, but rather to office and youth groups having off-site retreats and to families taking short vacations in the country. Here we found gaudy lavender yukata (robes) and generally unimpressive accommodations, including colored plastic tatami mats. However, we also discovered really nice public baths and surprisingly good food (and that's what the onsen experience is really about) served on strangely colored dishes that seemed reflect the proprietors' odd aesthetic vision.
|Our guide in lavender yukata|
|Dinner at Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel|
|Custard in weird dish|
|Breakfast at Mashikokan Satoyama Resort Hotel|
|Wonderful cabbage dish at breakfast. How did they make this?|