Fukiware Waterfall & Kokeshi Doll Factory:
Located in Gunma Prefecture which is North and West of Tokyo, this was about a 4.5 hour drive with a stop in the middle for snacks and restroom break. Arriving at the Fukiware Waterfall.
The first photo is a bridge we crossed to make our way down to the waterfall. It’s actually two waterfalls, both are set in the river, so we are actually looking down on them.
From here we rode on to the Harada Fruit Farm to pick some Japanese grapes. These grapes are HUGE and incredibly juicy and sweet. They are fairly expensive to purchase in the markets too, so this was a nice treat. We were allowed two bundles per person so we walked away with four bundles which lasted us about two weeks.
After the grapes we were back on the bus to stop for lunch then make our way to the Kokeshi Doll Factory where we were able to paint our own dolls, which was quite difficult really, the paint was water-based and difficult to work with and the brushes were well used, add to that I have no artistic talent whatsoever. 😀
The truck stops in Japan are pretty incredible, many choices from Ramen and Curry to Hot vending machines.
The small, egg shape above is less commercialized than the ones you see here, which were professionally painted and more common. Just to help you recognize the doll. Some people paid extra to have this larger size doll to paint but us knowing our artistic limitations we decided to do the egg.
Headed back home laughing at ourselves and our artistic prowess and feeling wonderful after visiting cultural Japan.