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Today was a bit of a spare day, due to Nara being a shorter trip than planned, so I decided to head to Okayama which is on the route towards my next hostels destination of Hiroshima. Similarly to Himeji, Okayama has a castle and a famous garden(one of the top 3 in all of Japan) so I spent the late morning and early afternoon pottering around these sights. These two were hidden gems that are mainly missed off tourist itineraries. The castle, known ...
... booked my next night to sleep.
For a change, this was a bit a different kind of hostel. It's very Japanese style, you sleep on tatami, breakfast is miso soup and rice. Guests are here from Holland, England, Australia and Japan.
I decided actually to stay here an extra day, it's great to be with a bunch of people, where you feel so welcome!
Tomorrow, I will ...
... I didn't hear the price properly and had to get Lynne to translate it for me as the usual thing happens. They assume I am Japanese and can speak the lingo. Anyway, it ended up costing 2800 yen which was pretty expensive at AUD$31 for a piece of cloth and some rope for the straps. By that stage, I was feeling pretty bad that we were probably going to be her only customers for the day or week. So I ended up buying it from her. Oh well, another pressie to lug back ...
... have a bowl of udon as well. We walked to the shopping street after dinner but most of the shops were closed by then, early by most standards as it was barely 8pm. We went to a nearby Lawsons (a bit like 7-11) and bought a green tea ice-cream for myself (it wasn't very good) and Joseph had some pineapple and creme caramel.
Then back to the routine of downloading photos and charging the batteries for the next day's shooting.
Next was a couple of days at Takamatsu on the middle island of Shikuko.
This is a port city where we took a ferry trip to Shodoshima. This is the largest island in the area. Way back in 1908 the Japanese Government decide to start an olive growing industry since the climate is very Mediterranean.
It was ...