My Junior High School Blog
I love Golden Week :-)
This year with school holidays, weekends and personal holiday I had eleven days free to travel and explore.
That was wonderful, but Golden Week is also very expensive so I didn't travel far.
I stayed in Shiga and Kyoto, but visited some new places.
The first place I visted was Uji, in Kyoto.
Uji is a beautiful place with small islands and many bridges on the river.
Uji is famous for 'The Tale of Genji' - a book written in the 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu.
This is her figure.
The 'Pheonix Hall' is also in Uji, a nice temple in the shape of a bird with spread wings, built by a big pond.
We also visted Arashiyama and travelled by train along the riverside.
Coming back to Arashiyama I didn't take a train - I travelled by boat!
I was very surprised when another boat with a shop came to us with food and drink!
This Golden week I also wanted to cycle around the lake.
There are many beautiful places around Biwako.
I really enjoyed cycling at first, but sometimes it was difficult (because of the wind or cycling through busy road tunnels)!
There was a very big hill on the North of the lake as well.
I cycled to the top (but sometimes I stopped and pushed the bike for a bit)!
It was hard work, but the views were very nice.
There was a park at the top of the hill with funny dinosaur and animal models.
I cycled for about 10 hours the first day, from Imazu to Moriyama (by Biwako bridge).
The next day I planned to cycle through Otsu and back to Imazu - BUT.... the weather was very bad the next day with very heavy rain.
So I went over the bridge to Katata and back home, I still had to cycle 35km (2.5 hours) in terrible wind and rain.
I only had a light rain coat and after 15 mins I was wet everywhere.
My fingers looked like I had been in a bath for a long time.
So when I got home I was wet, tired and sunburnt on my legs from the first day (I put cream on my face and hands but not my legs)!
Still I am happy about the trip as it was a challenge and I did it (even if the skin is peeling off my leg now).
The last big event of Golden Week was our trip to Taga.
Taga is a small but beautiful place in the hills and forests on the east side of the lake.
We went because I was invited to join a science research trip to study the bats in Taga's caves.
We walked up the river valley first, stopping for lunch on and big rocks by (and in) the water.
Then we put on our helmets and lights and prepared to catch some bats.
The cave has a small enterance with a big centeral cavern inside and some small side passages.
We could catch bats with our hands (from the walls) or with long poles and nets from the roof.
The bats were mostly 'Tubenose bats' - which are quite rare.
We also saw a 'Horseshoe nose bat'.
We helped to catch many bats, it was very exciting to hold them.
The bats were all weighed, measured and tagged with a metal ring (many bats already had a metal tag from last years study).
Everybody was very friendly and I hope to join the group again for some firefly research next month!
So, that was my exciting Golden Week - see you next time!