Traveling – It leaves you speechless , then turns you into a storyteller.
Before exiting the snow monkey park, we made a brief stop along the running creek and found a big cluster of ice formation next to a steaming pool.
A rainbow appeared……
It was still bone-chiling cold, reminding us of the harsh weather the snow monkeys had to endure
But our “spirits” were high
On our way out, we stopped by Enza Cafe for lunch
They have a delicious Satsuma-Imo tempura and a local special chicken broth ramen
After lunch, we decided to walk back to Yudanaka
And get to know the area better
That we did! We visited a peaceful shrine:
And ended up in a sake brewery
The first floor has a display area
And a free pour-it-yourself tasting counter, at which we took our time.
The second floor has a few art collections
and a small room that overlooks the sake brewing tanks
It was dusk when we got back in town
For dinner, we found a small Izakaya restaurant.
They have the BEST gyoza in town. We went back the next evening just for that!
Their grilled chicken is tender and we loved the grilled shishito peppers.
There are not many dining options in this small onsen town, especially if you are not in the mood for noodles or pizza. This restaurant fills up fast and if you want specific chicken parts such as skin, cartilage, or hearts, order first before they run out.
We concluded the day with sake to celebrate our beautiful friendship and an afternoon that turned out to be one of the best memories of our trip!