There's nothing like a bit of time travel back to ancient times to escape the stresses of modern life in Tokyo. A couple of years ago I read that Nicole of the former Ureshiidesu blog had visited a campground in Tochigi that had been created to replicate an ancient Japanese village. I instantly wanted to go. We finally made it this weekend and had a blast. Thanks Nicole!
In true Japanese style absolutely everything was provided - cutlery, plates, dishes, cookware, bbq set, futons, pillowcases, dishwashing liquid and best of all electricity. Our hut had a thatched roof and you could make a fire in the irori (indoor fire pit) at night time.
We also found out that for only 100 yen extra per person you could rent ancient style clothes to really authenticate the old Japanese experience. We found them surprisingly warm.
Jess's sack made him wanna dance
We ate delicious veggie kebabs (thanks Claire!)
Explored our surroundings
and climbed on an ancient (not really) fort with flying foxes (zip lines to the Americans out there). We woke up the next day wondering why we were so sore and then realized that we are all not as young as we used to be (in body but not in mind).
It was a great weekend and you can see the rest of my photos here. Hope everyone out there in the knit bloggy world had fun at Rhinebeck - I'll make it soon I swear!!