Autumn Japan – Day 9

Today is 16 Nov and we start the day at Soni Highland. Soni Village fixed their weekly rest day on Wed. Yesterday all the local business like bakery and onsen were closed. However the pampass grass field continue to attract people.

Today we will visit the famous open air onsen, known as turtle bath. Soaking in the thermal spring water with view of mountain tops will soothe your body and mind.

The water at turtle bath is smooth and the experience is wonderful.

The water at turtle bath seems to make the skin smooth….

Here’s some other photo at Soni Kogen.

From Soni Kogen, we drove for close to 1.5 hrs to reach Nara and enjoy the Nara town and of course make friends with the deer there.

Compared to Mijiyama, the deer at Nara is more aggressive. You can buy special deer biscuits from the vendor to feed the deer.

Lunch is at a tendon restaurant that is newly opened. It is Omg level to me. One thing that caught my eye is the women power. All the chefs are ladies. Something quite rare in Japan. Their food is seriously good.


My Buddhist name is Ratna Jamyang Puntsog. I first encountered Buddhism in this life when I was 12. Formally took ceremonial refuge in the triple gem when I was 19. I believe the different spiritual methods were taught by Buddha to suit various beings who each have their own unique characteristic. The various sects and practices that arose are just a naming convention invented by disciples out of communication necessity. Had read and studied different forms of Buddhism. Volunteered in Buddhist organization. Until it last, I hope to share my views on Buddhism and find like minded practitioners around the world. May we practice Buddha's instruction together and connect through cyber space!

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