Sleeping on the futons was fine, but getting up off the floor was a little tough. And no one wanted to leave this beautiful after just one day, but we had to. But first - breakfast! Back to the same large room for an authentic Western meal, but still sitting on the floor! Beautiful fruits and salads and scrambled eggs and bread. Yum!
Then onto the bus. As we pulled out, about 40 of the "personal room assistants" were lined up on both sides of the driveway waving and smiling and bowing (they do a LOT of smiling and bowing here). Toshi assured us that regular Japanese folks do not eat 3 meals like this a day; this is vacation eating. He also told us that almost all children begin learning English at about age 12 (though it is not compulsory ) in school.
We drove through more mountains and tunnels until we got to Kanazawa and the Kenroku-en Garden (voted the 3rd best garden in Japan!).
From the guide map it looked like it was very big, but it was actually about half the size of our own botanic garden. But it did have many beautiful (and old; it dates from 1759!) trees and statues and ponds and fountains. Once again we had perfect weather Toshi remarked how this has NOT been a normal "rainy season" week). After an hour or so it was.....yes! Time to eat! This time they laid out a beautiful tempura lunch -