# 10. ReviewUEO
So far, our journey through Japan has spanned nine episodes, having fun learning Japanese all along the way.
This is... Meet & Speak.
Today, on part 10, we'll look back over our trip, and review the Japanese we've learned.
This time, we'll look back on our journey so far, and also bring you a special report on onsen hot spring resorts in Niigata Prefecture.
Our journey began at Haneda Airport.
Amy and Kathy are two girls from Singapore, visiting Japan for the first time. Cedric meets them at the airport; he'll be their tour guide.
Niigata, along the Sea of Japan coast, is famous for delicacies from nature's bounty... like fresh seafood and delicious rice. It's one of Japan's leading rice-growing areas.
Kathy and their guide Cedric traveled on to neighboring Nagano Prefecture. There they toured the 1,400 year old Buddhist temple, Zenkoji.
They visited a wasabi farm, for which Nagano is famous, and sampled freshly-made wasabi.
At Matsumoto Castle, a National Treasure of Japan, they encountered samurai.
The hot spring special of Niigata Prefecture
The first onsen our traveling trio visited was Echigo-Yuzawa.
The mineral waters come straight from the source here.
Meals feature freshly-harvested rice and seasonal fish and vegetables.
Our next onsen destination was Murakami City in northern Niigata Prefecture.
Here it was open-air mineral baths with expansive views over the Japan Sea.
After nightfall, bonfires cast an otherworldly atmosphere.
At this resort, guests feast on the finest fresh seafood, locally-brewed sakes, and regional cuisine.
From Niigata City, it's a train ride of about 40 minutes to this ryokan inn at the Tsukioka onsen resort.
The natural mineral waters here are praised for promoting beautiful skin. The waters themselves are a beautiful emerald-green.
Each dish is carefully crafted to delight the taste buds... Niigata wagyu beef steak, Niigata iron-pot rice with ultra-premium koshihikari rice and seasonal fish.
On Sado Island, accessed by high-speed ferry, Kathy, Cedric and Amy stayed in a ryokan on a hill.
Its outdoor mineral baths boast an expansive setting with views over Ryotsu Bay and Lake Kamo.
Rustic Sado specialties highlight seafood ingredients such as seaweed and oysters.
Finally came a stay in a hot spring onsen in Joetsu. Here our young travelers enjoyed a Japanese garden redolent of hinoki cypress, and an outdoor mineral bath that can be reserved for private use. Dining from a wealth of fresh catches from the Japan Sea, this getaway offers the best of Niigata cuisine.
Japanese learned this time
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Staying in ryokan inns and enjoying their onsen mineral baths and gourmet cuisine help make travel in Japan a very special experience.
If you visit Niigata Prefecture, be sure to include onsen hot spring resorts on your itinerary.
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