We made reservations with MWR to attend a tour today. Our itinerary:
0545 pick up
9:00 rest stop break
10:30 – 12:30 Mashiko Kyohan Pottery
1:30 – 2:30 Chiyoda City Grape Farm
3:30 – 5:00 Ushiku Great Buddha
7:30 drop off
Here is the route to our first stop.
At the Mashiko Kyohan Pottery Center, we had a couple hours to shop and look at pottery. Some was really expensive. This 3 foot bowl was ¥2805,000 or $ 28,050. Our tour guide gave this advice, “if pottery too expensive maybe you just enjoy your eye.” Chuckle chuckle.
I took a picture of the bricks because they caused me to feel a bit nostalgic. They created a moment of reflection of the many brick paths I’ve walked or run along in my life… Deep thoughts for pottery shopping. Maybe it’s time to go grape picking. Here was our route.
The grapes are grown on structures that are a little over 5 feet tall. You walk underneath the grapes. We obviously were a little too tall! The lady working at the farm was the perfect height.
We were given directions on how to pick the grapes. We needed to select the purplest grapes we could find by peering through the bag window.
The grapes were ah-mazing!
The grapes were so sweet and yet had a tartness about them. My tongue was hurting by the time we finished our bunch! After a short farm visit, it was time to get back on the bus!
As we approached Ushiku Buddha, we could see him from the highway! He is 120m tall! The tallest Buddha statue in the world!
We were able to take an elevator to the fourth floor. We were told, on a clear day, you can see Tokyo Sky Tree and Mt. Fuji. Not today with our cloudy & rainy skies.
This was our final stop and it was time to head back to Ikego. The trips are a easy and fun way to explore different parts of the country at a reasonable price. Definitely beats having to drive ourselves!!