It's been raining all day today, and the weather forecast shows rain, rain and more rain for the foreseeable future. Japan's official "rainy season" has yet to start, but if you ask me, it's already here.
Coming from rainy Seattle, I actually find rainy days like this to be relaxing. On a clear day, the sunlight can be too harsh, while on rainy days like this, the softer colors of the flowers in the garden really come alive.
Here at Kamesei Ryokan, we have gardens at our entrance, around the central koi pond, pocket gardens here and there, as well as private gardens for many of our guestrooms. Throughout these, there are so many lovely flowers in bloom now. They may not stand out as much, but if you take the time to enjoy them their soft, muted colors will delight.
And an onsen ryokan is the perfect place to slow down and take time to appreciate the garden, as well as to soak in the onsen baths and enjoy our chef's gourmet meals.