Sunday, October 23, 2016 Kinugawa Onsen, Nikko
A short distance away from our hotel was the Tobu World Square, a theme park featuring over a hundred 1:25 scale models of famous buildings from around the world.
Modern Japan Zone:
Yoyogi National Stadium (Tokyo)
Tokyo International Airport
Tokyo National Museum Main Building and Art Gallery
Tokyo Imperial Hotel
Tokyo Skytree Town
The Diet Building (Tokyo)
Great Pyramids of Egypt
Great Temple of Abu Simbel (Egypt)
St. Peter's Basilica (Vatican)
Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Russia)
Peace Palace (Netherlands)
Buckingham Palace (England)
Duomo in Milan (Italy)
Eiffel Tower (France)
Notre Dame Cathedral (France)
Arc de Triomphe (France)
Sacred Family Church (Spain)
We were given about an hour to roam the park, and we ran out of time quickly. Too bad, because we didn't get to see the Asia Zone and Japan Zone.
On our way to our final destination of the trip (Odaiba in Tokyo) we made a lunch stop in a pottery town called Mashiko in the Tochigi Prefecture.
The restaurant was located in the Tsukamoto Shopping Plaza.
Once again lunch was only $10. The pink flower-shaped dish in the front is labeled "Karashi Maitake" (mustard-flavored mushroom) and it was really, really good. Because of the advertising label on the dish I wondered if it might be sold there, and I asked. Sure enough it was. I brought home two boxes (which didn't hold much) and it got eaten up real fast. I wish I could reproduce it.
Here's what to look for if you go to Japan.
Here's a different packaging that I found online.
The rest of the meal was also delicious.
On the drive to Tokyo (our final bus ride), I finally managed to get a photo of this sign. I can't figure out what it means.
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