The other day Satoshi and I went on a "mystery tour".
They don't tell you where you are off to until you get to the destination, I thought they would tell us when we boarded the bus, but no, you don't know until you arrive.
One thing we do whenever we travel is apply for travel insurance, because well, you never know.
This time around when we applied for the insurance, we had to just fill out a form with our names and address and the insurance company filled in the destination because...it was a "mystery" or secret.
Our first stop was Taga taisha in Shiga, which we visited back in 2011. Unlike in 2011, the area was packed with people for the New Year.
The next stop on our tour was supposed to be a marble factory in Gifu, but since it was the New Year, many places were closed, including this factory.
We did receive these beads (rose quartz and smoky quartz) as part of our fukubukuro (lucky bags).
Next up was lunch, which was up the street from the marble factory.
The lunch was a comparison of various brand name beef. There was Matsuzaka sushi, Hida Hoba miso (a dish which is cooked on a hoba (magnolia leaf) with beef and miso), and Omi sukiyaki.
We were a bit disappointed by the sushi (the meat was kinda tough) but everything else was tender and delicious.
I was impressed by the blizzard that snuck up on us while we were eating lunch.
Then we went south to Mie Prefecture to a city called Sekijuku.
It was a beautiful city that had many houses kept in the old style.
Check out this old mailbox.
I was really intrigued by this egg vending machine too.
The price for the eggs were a bit pricey compared to what we pay at the market, but I think for local fresh eggs, it would be worth the price.
And then we headed back to Osaka, we received more items for our fukubukuro...1 Ise ebi (lobster) each.
100 grams of Omi beef each.
300 grams of Shiga koshihikari rice each.
1 Zuwaigani (snow crab) each.
Thank goodness these crustaceans were par-boiled, I don't know what I would've done if they were "live"...
I put everything into the freezer and we'll be eating these in the coming weeks.
We enjoyed ourselves and hope these fukubukuro items will be tasty. You can check out more photos on my Flickr tagged "mystery tour".