The weather broke at about 8 p.m. last night and it poured all night. We woke this morning to find a thick mist which threatened to spoil our plans for the day. We left the lovely traditional Ryokan inn at 9 a.m. and drove up the breathtaking zig zag road to the observation post high on the nearby mountain. Lo and ehold the mist began to lift or we climbed out of it because we were treated to magnificent views all the way up to the cable car at Akechedaira.
The cable car took us to an observation post from which you could look down on Lake Chuzenji and the Kegon Falls.
Later we went down closer to the falls and were impressed by an quite startling optical illusion. If you gaze at the falls for 15 seconds, then move your gaze to the sheer rock at its side the rock appears to move upwards.
A longish drive followed during which we had a language lesson learning a few Japanese phreses, how to count etc. And we arrived at Karawuizawa at about 4 p.m.
Karawuizawa is an up market resort for wealthy Tokyokans to spend their week ends. We are staying at The Prince Hotel which is actually a smart golf resort. We had time to enjoy the very western luxury of the hotel before leaving to see the Giant Japanese Flying Squirrels.
The musasabi are a species of mammal unique to Japan. We stood waiting in pouring rain for these actually quite fascinating creatures to wake up and fly. As they are totally nocturnal and they dont wake up until it is completely dark, photos were impossible. It was a fun and very different experience and the only thing I have to show for it is memories.