Matsushima where we were was one of the representative scenic spots in Japan, but we had to leave for Tokyo by noon as we had an appointment with our daughter, who lived in Tokyo. I drove the car on the Tohoku Expressway for the first time and enjoyed driving my sports car under the fine weather.
We took a rest at a rest area on the way, where an old town - of approximately a few centuries ago, I suppose - was reproduced. The wooden-like buildings in the pictures were actually built with reinforced concrete and the inside was a roofed shopping street. You might find that there were few people outside, but indeed lots of tourists were walking inside. When I arrived at the area, there were so many cars parked in the parking, but few people around. I wondered where they had gone. When I opened one of the doors of the old-fashioned houses, I understood the structure of the houses.
We checked in at a hotel in Ikebukuro, one of the busiest districts of Tokyo. Then, my daughter got together with us and we searched for a good restaurant. One thing that came up on our radar was a Hachijojima island cuisine restaurant. We had visited Hachijojima island two years ago and I recalled their local dishes seeing the restaurant.
I met my daughter after a long interval. So I went all out and ordered the most expensive item on the menu. Moreover, I went overboard ordering so many dishes. My eyes were bigger than my stomach. My daughter was worrying about my gaining weight from overeating unusual local foods during the trip, but she said, "I'll let you off the hook this time." (grin)
Even though, I ate all the dishes I had ordered. I got a cheap bottle of red wine at a convenience store near our hotel and went back. I had another task tonight, which was the arrangement of the plan of the next day. The distance to tomorrow's destination was only 200km and we had enough time to wander in Kanagawa Prefecture.