George has finally found his "Home Sweet Home" after 14 years of searching. George convinced Erika to move back to Japan, but it has been an uphill struggle. There are many problems that lie ahead for George and Erika before they can finally call Japan, "Home Sweet Home". Please join them as they face the difficulties and celebrate the successes. The journey promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
Autumn in Yufuin
Spring in Tsukahara
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Kumamoto: Fun with the doggies.
We finally had a chance to
take a couple of days off to do some sightseeing. We decided to go to Kumamoto
with the doggies. Namichan and her dog (King) along with her mom and dad also
joined us. They were in a van ahead of us so that we wouldn’t get lost. Thank
you, Namichan! Erika reserved the hotels about four months ago. Hotels for dogs
are hard to come by and they are often booked many months in advance. We had a
hard time deciding if we would go because of the recent typhoons. The hillsides
were already saturated from previous storms and we were afraid of landslides.
In the end, we decided to go and take our chances. We were very glad that we
did. The weather on Friday was beautiful. We did get some rain on Saturday and
Sunday, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought it might be. The first hotel (Ogasawara) has a swimming
pool, onsen (bath), beds, food, shampoo, dog run…the whole works for the
doggies. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. We were allowed to take the
dogs everywhere including the lobby and restaurant.
It was hard to believe that
the second hotel (Kunosato) allowed dogs. It was very luxurious. The large bedroom allowed
access to a large outdoor onsen with a private yard. There are too many
luxuries to list, but the one feature that stood out the most was the food. The
photos include some of the food that we ate, but the amazing thing is that it
is all-you-can-eat. That’s right…if you liked what you ordered, just order it
again for free. The food was beautifully presented and it tasted delicious. The
doggies had lots to eat also. Dinner and breakfast were outstanding and I highly recommend both hotels if you want to go on vacation with your beloved companions. http://www.kunosato.jp/ Kunosato Hotel posted Lucky, Kiley, and King's pictures on their blog . Yep, we have the cutest doggies! Here's some pics of the food and trip:
This was a surprise birthday "cake"? I was too full to eat any of it.
Two of these, please.
Breakfast was also amazing.
Ahh, my favorite. Chocolate!!
It looks like Namichan had a good time.
Erika's favorite dish...chestnut soup. She asked to have it served for breakfast the next day. She loved it!!
Lucky and Kiley had plenty to eat, too.
King enjoyed the nice weather.
Lucky had front row seats and...
Kiley had lots of pillows, but...
too much of a good thing made him sleepy.
Kiley enjoyed the new sights and smells.
There she is.
Lucky asked, "Can you scratch my belly?"
Aso shrine was severely damaged during the earthquake.
It's hard to believe they are going to put it back together. That's a huge project!
Pics of the first hotel...
and dog run.
Dog bath and...
Lots of places to walk doggies
We'll plan other trips in the future, but for now it's time to get back to work on the house. It's hard for us to visit other places because we live in such a beautiful area. I often found myself comparing where we live to where we were visiting. Each time I came to the same conclusion: There's no place I'd rather be than Home Sweet Home. Cheers!