Morning Glass Coffee was right around the corner from our hotel in Osaka. They had just opened this location (their is in Honolulu, HI) and were very excited to have Americans come for a meal. They asked us lots of questions and were very friendly. I had an iced vanilla latte and a breakfast burrito.
We walked around a little bit and then headed to the train station, bound for Tsumago, an ancient town in the mountains. Before we left the station, we stopped at a little sushi place for some delicious lunch. This was my hand-picked spread and Brian had the 10-piece Chef’s special.
My favorite part about walking around the town was the beautiful flowers people were growing. Lots of houses had fresh bouquets of them hanging on their doors as well.
We stayed in a 200+ year old ryokan that is now being run by the 9th generation owner. We had a lovely dinner, minus the scary salted fish (those teeth!), and slept on the traditional Japanese mats. The walls were literally paper thin, but luckily there was only one other guest staying there. It was a fun experience and nice to get out of the big cities.