Day 4 In Japan / Walk In The Country (Yufuin)

何度か書きましたが、湯布院では寒くて寒くて。暑いのは大嫌いですが、マイナスになると寒すぎる。。。雪が降ってくれれば嬉しいのですけど、結局降らずでした。

As I wrote a few times, it was very cold in Yufuin.  I hate hot weather but when it’s below zero I don’t like that either unless it snows.

朝食の後お部屋に戻って、しばらく炬燵に入ってお友達とチャットしたりテレビを見たり。寒くて着替え気にもなかなかなれない(笑)。が、1日炬燵に入っているわけにもいかないので、意を決して(笑)着替えて、金鱗湖まで歩くことにしました。手袋を持って行っていて良かった〜。11時過ぎに出て、片道30分くらいだったと思います。

After our big breakfast we went back to our room.  I think most people would then go in the bath, but once a day is enough for us so we stayed in the Kotatsu (Japanese heating table) chatting with some friend on the phone chat app and watching TV.  I didn’t want to change my clothes because the room was still cold but we couldn’t stay in Kotatsu all day, so we changed and went out I guess a little after 11.00 and walked to Kinrin Lake.   I’m glad we had gloves to wear.  I guess it was about 30 minutes’ walk to the lake.

タイツを履いてダウンコートを着ていたので体はそれほどでもないのですが、田舎道なので田んぼばかりで冷たい風が顔を直撃して、久しぶりに寒さで頭がキーンと痛くなる経験をしました。この日は曇っていたのであまり陽が差さず、余計寒く感じました。たまに陽がさすと暖かくて気持ちよかったです。

I was wearing a thick pair of tights and jeans and a warm down coat so it wasn’t too cold on my body but my face had the strong wind directly because, as you can see in this photo, we basically walked between open rice fields (or whatever the crop fields).  I hadn’t experienced that headache you get from cold wind for a long time.  It was mostly cloudy with the sun coming out now and again.  When the sun was out it felt quite pleasant but we didn’t get much of it.  It was nice to be able to have a long walk, though, as I just cannot walk in the hot and humid weather in Singapore.

 

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夫は日本でランニング用の新しい靴を買ったときにランニング用の手袋を買っていて、スマホも使えるものだったのでグーグルマップを見ながら歩いたのですが、あまり分厚い手袋ではなかったので携帯を持っていた方の手がかんじかんでしまったので、途中からわたしの分厚い手袋と1つずつ。それでも、わたしも荷物を持っていた方の手はかじかんで、暖かいところに入ったときにジンジンして痛くしばらく腫れてしまっていました。

My husband had bought a pair of running gloves when he bought his new running shoes in Fukuoka, and they were the type that you can use a smart phone touchscreen with.  They were meant to be for running so weren’t very thick and his hand that was holding his iPhone went numb as we were following Google Map.  I gave one of my pair of gloves to him and he gave me one of his so we could wear a thick glove on one hand and keep the other hand in a pocket.  Even my hand with thick glove went numb after a while.

 

それにしても、湯布院は韓国の方でいっぱいでびっくりしました。どこに行っても韓国の方ばかりで、ほとんど日本人は見かけず。1人旅の韓国人女性も見かけました。年末の気忙しい時期で旅行をしている日本人は少ないのでしょうが、それにしても。中国の方はそれほど見かけませんでした。韓国から福岡は近いですし(空港も韓国の方でいっぱい)、福岡航空から直接湯布院に行って別府で宿泊する方が多いような印象です。大声で話すとか並ばないとかの迷惑な行為は見かけませんでしたので、九州の観光業には嬉しいことでしょうね。

One thing that surprised me was that Yufuin was full of Korean people.  Wherever we went, we heard Korean language, very seldom Japanese.  We also saw some young Korean ladies travelling alone.  There weren’t many Chinese people, though.  Fukuoka is very close from Seoul and you can take a bus directly from Fukuoka airport to Yufuin.  We saw a lot of Koreans at Fukuoka airport so I guess many of them headed to Yufuin straight from there.  They don’t seem to stay in Yufuin, though, they seem to take a bus from Yufuin to Beppu and stay in Beppu.  They must be a big help for Kyushu tourism.

金鱗湖はかすかに湯気がみられましたが、あまりなかったです。前回は雪の中でとても幻想的でしたが。

There was very little steam coming out of the lake but not much.  The last time it was in snow and there was a lot of steam to make it look very mysterious.

 

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ちょうどお昼頃に着いたので、シャガール美術館併設のカフェ、ラ・リューシュでランチをしました。野菜カレーのセットとケーキ。金鱗湖が目の前に見えるお席は満席でしたが、良い雰囲気でした。サラダのパプリカがとても甘くて驚きました。シンガポールのとは全然違う。カレーは普通に美味しくいただきました。ケーキはわたしにはドライであまり好みではなかったですが。

It was around lunch time by the time we walked around the lake so we went into a cafe attached to the Chagall museum called “Cafe La Ruche” (La Ruche was a place in Paris where Chagall and several other artists lived for a time).  We had a curry and salad set followed by tea and cake.  I was surprised how sweet the slices of pepper in the salad were; peppers we get here aren’t so sweet.  Curry was good.  I didn’t like the cake so much, I thought it was a bit too dry.

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ランチの後は、お土産屋さんを覗きながら再び旅館まで歩きました。シンガポールでは暑くて歩けないので、寒かったですがブラブラ歩けたのは良かったです。後で見て見たら、全部で8キロ弱歩いていました。

After lunch, we walked back to our Ryokan stopping in some shops.  Although it was cold, I was happy to be able to walk as I cannot walk here in Singapore as it’s just too hot.  When I checked my iPhone, we walked a little less than 8km.

 

 

La Ruche
879-5102 由布市湯布院町川上岳本1592-1
Tel: 0977-28-8500

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