July 29, 2006

Day 2 - Atami Japan

We arrived at Narita airport where it took several hours to get through the immigration process. We got excellent directions from the information booth at the airport and began our train journey to Atami. Atami is on the Izu Peninsula and a resort area near Tokyo. We did not arrive at the Showa Shell guest house until 8:30 pm.

We showered quickly as our hosts were waiting (Japanese normally eat at 7 pm). We ate one exquisitely prepared dish after another from 9 pm until 11:30 pm. Our hosts were patient and gracious as we had so many questions.

At the end of the meal, we were shown the onsen (hot springs) and given some specific instructions and encouraged to use them the next morning. Then, it was on to the beautiful room with plans to eat breakfast at 7:30 am the next day.

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