We arrived on the night of the 13th on Kiso, going to have our first couch surfing experience. We checked the pictures of our host, he looked like a cool and funny guy (dressed like a ninja on his profile photo) so let’s give it a try! The morning after we arrived he invited us to his job: manager of a camping site.
After this hike of a few hours, Shin took us to a ramen restaurant for a noodle soup. He surprised us, as he had many other interesting things for us scheduled.
After the origami lesson, Shin took us to his monk friend, which lived with his family in a nearby temple. We had a tour through the temple and garden, had a little thee ceremony drinking macha (green powder thee, its very delicious) with the family and even got some presents, a small dish each.
The next day, we hiked the traditional route from Tsumago to Magome, two old postal towns. More about this in the next post. When we were back at Shins place we invited him for dinner. He knew an Izakaya where we could go…
We really had an amazing time staying at Shins place. We will certainly remember this as the best experience we had in Japan. Thank you so much, Shin!