3 things I have Done in Ashikaga
After we went to the Ashikaga Flower Park, we headed for Ashikaga Station from Ryomo Station. Without my expectation, there are a lot of tourists (mostly Japanese people) in Ashikagawa. Here are some things that we’ve done in Ashikaga.
*There are only a few trains between these stations even though too many tourists were waiting for them on a small platform! So I recommend you search the train schedule before you leave the park.
1. Have a lunch in a cozy cafe
We happened to find a small cafe which looked like an old warehouse. It was, in fact, a rice granary. The owner of the cafe made the old rice granary turned into a nice cafe, according to a piece of newspaper which was decorated on the wall inside the cafe. I had two pieces of bread topped with ann-cream (read bean paste jam). I sat in a seat just in front of the windows, and soft bread with a cup of coffee was totally satisfying. According to our pre-research, there are few more cafes that you can have lunch in Ashikagawa.
2. Wait for a something small?!
People are waiting for something
people are looking at uncle and aunt cooking something small.
What are they waiting for? Is it something like Manju?Takoyaki? We were so curious what people were waiting for. It wasn’t until we bought it after 20 minutes waiting that we knew what it was. It was, in fact, called “ぱんぢゅう Pan-dyu” (“Pan” is bread, “Dyu” is pronounced synonymous with “Jyu” which is probably taken from the word “Manjyu” (sweet dumpling). A box of Pan-dyu contains 3 pan-dyu, and only costs 100 yen! Ann (red beans paste jam) is lightly sweetened and covered with a thin and crispy wrapping of dough. Eat at least one right on the spot because eating them while they are still hot is the best! I bought 6 pan-dyu in total for my family souvenirs and cost only 200 yen. (Wow!)
3. Go to Ashikaga school
a front gate
a camphor tree in a shrine
Ashikaga school is resigned as one of “Japan cultural heritage” and many people were sightseeing in the school. Because its origin -when, why, and who built this school – is unknown, to be honest I really don’t understand why it is resigned as cultural heritage site. But I admit that it was a nice relaxing place because we could sit down on out of the verandah.
In conclusion, I wasn’t bored at all in Ashikaga. Doing both -going to Ashikaga Flower Park and sightseeing in the city- would be the best decision if you take for about 2 hours to go from Tokyo.