I think you should look at it both ways. Firstly, this is Echigo Yuzawa, a place written about in books and magazines, a place with an abundance of natural beauty. A place with its own charm. And sure, it could probably be enjoyed with companionship, by all means.... , but it is not the only way to enjoy traveling. A wonderful experience is not necessarily hinged on the need to be with someone, nor to talk that experience away. I like solo travel, too. I tend to focus much more on the surroundings, the sights, and the sounds. I focus on what's around me more. So I instead of canceling I booked a hotel up at the Sakura Tei
I typically like visiting this part of Japan in the winter because I had felt it was more beautiful than any other season. I was wrong. Summer is just as beautiful. The original images are sharper than what's here, but you get the point.
The Echigo Yuzawa Ropeway is about 1500 yen roundtrip, and with some commanding views.
The ride up is scenic with some amazing views of the entire valley. When Autumns in full swing I think it'll look nice. All seasons it looks wonderful up here.
The temps. were perfect up here. Cool winds, a little balmy, perfect weather for growing delicious rice and whole grains and vegetables; some of the best. I couldn't of chosen a better day to come up here again. I am sure glad I didn't allow myself to sit at home, happy I kept my plan.
Once the car got to the top, I walked round for a bit. I have never been that much into flowers, but I do have to admit, the alpine flowers were absolutely gorgeous. I saw so many cosmos varietals it was like I was in a dream world. Saw a quite a few elderly couples out and about. I can see how a place like this could evoke some passions.
I shot these in Raw but had to convert them to JPG in order to get them onto blogger, so that's why I lost some of the sharpness. I didn't want to have to reduce the tiffs. The originals are much better!
At the top of this 1000 meter plateau is something for everybody. I was surprised to see a jungle gym
After walking around a bit, I worked up another appetite, but this time for something a little European. Brick oven pizza and wine. Here's a short snippet of the approach.
Watch as I ascend up the hill in a field full of cosmos and off to the left is this gorgeous Alpine Villa. The video clip was shot using an iPhone elongated to narrow your DOF and center your focus on the main point, panorama is sometimes used.
I took this picture because napoli is my favorite kind of pizza and I love Italian olive oil. After finishing a bottle of red from Tuscana, I headed over to the foot bath hot spa to take in my last views before check-in.
Lunch with god in the cosmos was great!