Emperor’s Palace

Our next stop was going to the Emperor’s Palace.

We walked and walked.. it was quite far from where our bus stop..

We finally arrived at the gate of the Palace!After that bridge is the palace.. we walked up to the gate but we are not allowed to go near the gate. It was a bit gloomy that day!The Gate

Since we walked far, we got thirsty… 

Oshino Hakkai

We arrive at the Oshino Hakkai village on lunch time. So we had our lunch first before we explore the place.

This one is so satisfying…

History of Oshino Hakkai

The word Hakkai means “Eight Seas” which refers to the eight pools of water that serve as the main attraction of Oshino Hakkai. Bridges and pathways lead around and over these tranquil ponds.

These eight ponds (Deguchi, Okama, Sokonashi, Choushi, Waku, Nigori, Kagami, and Shoubu) are the beautiful byproduct of historic eruptions and intense volcanic activity.

Several are fed by an underground reservoir and are renowned for their mineral-rich spring water. In fact, the water in Waku Pond is so clear and clean that in 1985, the Ministry of the Environment ranked it among some of the nation’s best spring water. Go try the water and even bottle some to take home with you when you visit the area. Bottles are available at a low cost if you need one.

Most of the pools are filled by melted snow that has run down from Mount Fuji and some of them are inhabited by koi fishes.

Source: Japan Tourism

Everywhere we look there was food!

It is an old village and looks so peaceful.