We left house early in the morning to meet up with the rest of the group at one of the train station in Saitama Pref. Y-chan was super tensed since the moment we met up because he’s so afraid I’ll speak the wrong stuff in front of his seniors and bosses. <inserts *troll-face>
Our first stop-over was at Sano Service Area (佐野 S.A). The weather was so hot and sunny that I was sweating the moment I stepped out of the car. Since Tochigi Pref. is famous for Tochiotome (とちおとめ苺), a strawberry ‘brand’, I went to get a Tochiotome soft serve for myself. It was super good! 😀
Then we headed to michi no eki (道の駅) for lunch. Service area is an area which is located near to the exit of an expressway whereas michi no eki is a rest area located in normal road. The place where we had our soba lunch was not fantastic at all. I ordered cold soba with mountain vegetables but the tsuyu (sauce) was soooooo salty that I think my tastebuds went crazy after that.
As we still have extra time before checking-in the cottage, the organizer of this trip brought us to one of the leisure place in Nasu-kougen – Minamigaoka pasture (南が丘牧場). You can ride a horse, rent a rabbits, feed sheeps and also see mini piglets roaming in their own area. There also restaurants and fishing area within the place. To be honest, I didn’t enjoyed it much because I wanted to visit alpaca which is somewhere near that area too. (T_T)
So after visiting the ‘pasture’, the whole group went to a super big supermarket to get food and drinks for that night’s BBQ. I think we bought near to 3.5 baskets full of alcohols and 2 baskets full of food. Canned beers and alcoholic drinks in Japan is cheaper as compared to the price you find in Singapore (Meidi-ya or Isetan).
The 13 of us lugged all the stuff from the supermarket to the cars and set off to the log cottage! The organizer had booked 2 cottages, 1 big (for men) and 1 small (for ladies) from Finlandia (Nasu). It’s so pretty and the image I had was so different can! There’s kitchen, bathroom, tv, beddings, pots & pans, plates and even air purifier. What’s best is that the BBQ pit is just right next to the cottage (covered!).
We started our BBQ at 6pm because it has started to drizzle. From cut vegetables to sliced pork belly to beef tongue, we ended the BBQ with yakisoba (焼きそば) – stir-fried noodles to eat inside the cottage. Right after we moved back into the cottage, the rain just went crazy. (T_T) The men continued drinking while I already on the verge of giving up.
The 3 of us took turns to go back to the ladies’ cottage to take a shower. It’s so good because the bathroom is sooooo clean! No need to bring any amenities because it’s already prepared by the person-in-charged. We slept only at 3+am in the morning because we kept on talking and trying to know each other. 😀
I’ll continue the rest in the next post because I think this post is getting quite long. 😀