A time to pause

Today Tom and I took the train down from Sapporo to Hakodate, along the coast and past snowy fields and witchy trees.

For the next three nights we’re staying at a ryoken – a traditional Japanese spa. In fact I’m typing this out on my phone while lying in our tatami room.

We can sleep in either a western bed or futon and have two onsen (hot springs) to choose to bathe in.

I’m not usually a fan of mooching round in my togs but to use the onsen you have to be naked. With strangers. Togs are starting to look pretty good!


Our plan for this part of the trip is to rest – still do some sight seeing but also read, relax and I’m particularly looking forward to hitting the spa for a massage and facial.


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