They say this is a bumper year for flowers, and as we’ve travelled north we seem to be following the peak of the short lived blooming.
Truly Sakura! The cherry trees here are densely flowering and stunning.
Smell-free Omi Cho fish markets with huge quantities of quality seafood.
Lacquer ware, Kutani style pottery, silk kimonos and gold leaf workmanship. Even gold on ice-cream and in drinks.
Kenruoken 11.4 hectares of beautiful and unmistakeable Japanese design, the tea house was operating anout the time Captain Cook discovered (blundered into) Australia.
A bit of a side trip to the geisha district with its old wooden buildings, then a flag waving goodbye to beautiful Kanazawa.