We spent a lovely afternoon doing all of the above in the Sanmachi Suji. Lovely traditional buildings to admire and take that just-so photo, even more stunning with a fresh fall of snow. Locate the 3 story garages which house the floats that are not currently on display in the Float Museum. Read their story on the accompanying plaque. Pop into a cafe for a warm up coffee...any type, our preference cappuccino which is a little different in Japan with powdered cinnamon on top. Try sake in one of the many little breweries...some people have said on this site that there is a charge but we were never asked for one, perhaps because we bought some. Wandered into another warehouse type store and was offered miso soup to try. All the shops selling a fabulous variety of sweets and rice crackers offer generous samples to taste. Buy a ticket in a vending machine and present it at the stall selling hot croquettes.Wherever we went w encountered that unfailing Japanese politeness and helpfulness. One young woman, on seeing us looking at a map, stopped and asked where we'd like to go then took a walking tour map out of her bag and gave it to us. She waved us a cheery goodbye with a wish that we enjoy her town. The streets are easy to walk on which was great as I was a little wary having had a broken ankle some months earlier. This lovely town also has an abundant supply of clean, heated toilets with heated toilet seats which is such a welcome change compared to other countries. There so so much to see in this collection of heritage streets that we walked down one of them each day on our way back to our ryokan and saw something new. Don't be tempted to rush through and say I've done that. Stop and have another coffee and another people watch, ask to pat the cute dog waiting outside, have lunch in one of the many restaurants, relax and enjoy this lovely town and its friendly people.
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