Autumn Leaf Viewing Spot 2021.04.15
After you get your licence in Japan, the desire to become an automobile owner overtakes you like a house made of paper on fire. It is sudden and strong and billows out of control because you are immediately filled with the fantasy of convenience and freedom. You want to be able to jump into your vehicle on a whim and get somewhere without the hassle of walking, struggling into a crowded train and being pushed and jostled around in a huge metal box. Not having to carry around your personal belongings or shopping items is another bonus. Those bags can be a burden on your back. In the countryside, car ownership is ideal because access to lots of places via public transport is limited. In the city congested with people and cars, traffic jams and lack of parking are two deterrents of having a personal vehicle. I was talked out of buying a car because it is too costly in Japan. There is the matter of the purchase itself, next comes the annual tax owed to the prefecture for owning a car, a yearly inspection is also required - which is very expensive, I heard - sorting the matter of parking - if you do not having parking at your residence you need to store your car in a parking lot which is also expensive and finally, the regular maintenance costs of gas, oil, tyres and so on. I have come to realise that the services of Times 24 or renting a car as necessary is the way to go. Japan enjoyed a long weekend last week and the weather was fine for sightseeing especially with many landscapes featuring the changing autumn leaves. We decided to head out to Lake Miyagase in Kanagawa. The plan was to rent a car and take a leisurely drive out there and beyond. Unfortunately, we were too late in making up our minds about what we planned to do and could not secure a car. All car rental companies fed back a, ‘There are no vehicles available at this location.’ No matter as three trains and an hour long bus ride later we were at the spot and soaking up the beauty of the sharp contrasts in colour among the water, mountains, sky and trees. We ambled along drinking in the peaceful atmosphere and taking pictures to preserve the gorgeous moments of the day in 2020. There were small stalls selling handmade wares and fresh vegetables so we did some light shopping before heading back to our home to relax.
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