The narrow city streets, paved with tile and inlaid with mosaics,
were charming. An old lady pointed us in the right direction.
|Wednesday, Sept. 13
We decided that before going to the train station, we should
check out Takeo Onsen, the ancient hot springs for which the city is known.
A reference to this spring is made in a 1,200-year-old document. Legend
has it that Empress Jingu took a rest here on her return from a military
expedition to Korea.
The Ryugumon (Dragon Gate) in the town center is the entrance
to the spa area and symbol of the hot springs. At the ticket booth, a woman
showed us tiny pictures of the various baths and we picked one. It was
an indoor, tiled pool, a little too hot for my liking. I could only stay
in the water for a minute or two at a time.
At the bike parking area there was a cool poster for keirin,
Japanese track bike races that people bet on like horse races.