We went up north to some hot springs to relax a little- I was hoping to see some snow and relax in the outdoor baths. I had something like this in mind:
(Image courtesy of Takaragawa Onsen.)
Instead, we wound up at a place smack-dab in the middle of an industrial zone. There was a chemical factory, zinc mine, bottling plant and lots of other factories around.
The view from the train station. Nothing says “relax” like the Shin-Etsu Chemical Factory.
Also, the lovely Toho Zinc Mine:
While the hotel was pretty nice and the food was tasty, the scenery was the pits. With all the beautiful hot springs in Japan, I recommend giving Isobe a miss.
Not exactly the backdrop I had in mind for my relaxing getaway…but it gets worse. I got the flu. It’s probably my own dang fault because I didn’t get a flu shot, but I am so miserable right now. I started feeling sick on Saturday night, and by Sunday, I knew it was the flu. I’m beginning to feel somewhat human again, though every part of my body aches. Including my hair, which I didn’t know was possible.