Rather than our usual CNY at home, we decided to visit our friends in Japan for a taste of winter weather. We were prepared for the cold weather but were lucky to have beautiful sunny dry and snow covered vistas when we were at Hakodate, our first port of call.
We hit the tourist spots of Mount Hakodate, Goryokaku Tower and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses, and had a great time hopping on and off the old tram using our 1-day pass exploring the old district, walking to the churches and gardens albeit snow-covered. We also enjoyed the many small family run restaurants with a variety of food and very friendly people. After an all too short visit we were soon on our way to Tokyo.
From Haneda we took the airport bus to Fujisawa where Philip and Nariko met us and took us to their home in Tsujido. Even though we were not on a birding trip, the next morning we were happy to record a few lifers just a few minutes walk from their apartment.
Enoshima Island was very close by and we spent an afternoon visiting the shrines and gardens. No visitor would miss the Black-eared Kites flying overhead that sometimes dive very low and an intriguing warning sign explaining their behaviour reminded us of our Macaques at home. These Kites are also in the habit of snatching food from unwary visitors.
|Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine|