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Inside the castle, we were able to get a little more hands on than in other castles – trying out one of the large drums and wearing a samurai helmet – and there were plenty of English signs for us to read about the history.
After that it was time to get some pizza for lunch and get the train to Imabari!
In Imabari we were staying with an old Japanese couple and their family found on AirBnB ...
... I got some inspiration from a blog though where two girls got bikes with child seats on and put their bags in the seats. What a clever idea and one that would save a lot of money. We got to the bike hire centre at around 7am and found ourselves two bikes with child seats. The bags fitted perfectly so we were ready to go. At the Onomichi port you catch a small ferry which takes about 3 or 4 minutes to cross to the first island, Mukaishima. The whole cycle route is marked ...
... yourself clean, you can then enter the water. It was wonderful. hotter than the Onsen I went to at Beppu. Also there were about 20 women using it, where there were only 3 others at Beppu.
After you are par-boiled, you then go through the cleaning session again before returning either to the bath again and repeating the process or to the change rooms to get into your clothes. A lot of the women wore their towel (about the size of a handkerchief) on top of their heads. ...
... bottom (very long rope), and this was important to withstand any siege.
After all the gates, you finally get to the Main Bailey (big courtyard) which was the last bastion of defence of the castle and it surrounded by 10m high stone walls running 300m from North to South and 180m from west to east. The beautiful concave vertical curved walls are a special feature of these walls.
The 360 degree views from the various levels of the ...
... WE ATE: - lunch at a really traditional Noodle bar where they cooked in clay pots and grabbed the noodles by hand out of the pot. -Botchan dangl sweets (3 different coloured balls of goo on a stick). WE LOVED: - Getting help from 3 university students to translate our names into kanji. - Going to the arcade and using a machine to change a ¥1000 note into coins - only to discover it ...