Chisan Inn Marugame Zentsuji
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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 ...
... hard to find a rhythm in such surrounding, but well, that's how it is!
The 12 km long bride crossing from near Marugame is only open for the train and cars, bicycles have to ride further east to Takamatsu, to catch a ferry, which made my day a bit longer then expected.
After getting of the ferry in Tamano, another 30 km into the dark night had to be covered,to reach Hayashima, ...
... the smallest of the train museums that we had been to. There was the original bullet train from 1964. It had done over 10 million kilometres which is equivalent to circling the earth about 24 times. There was another "normal" local train there as well as a steam engine train. This was nothing compared with the other museums which had 15 trains or more on their premises.
We went into the next building which was a memorial to Shinjo Sogo. He had a dream of ...
... he wanted it to be. We bought our lunch for a boat ride out to Naoshima Island. We walked over to the port which was only a few minutes away. We were taking the slow boat out over the Seto Inland Sea, which took about an hour.
It was a great day to be out on the water. The view of the Inland Sea was great although the view of the Naoshima Port wasn't quite so. Sydney Harbour is still the best as far as I am concerned.
... ferry ride there & back and it lovely sitting up at the front watching smaller islands go by as we headed towards Shodoshima, naturally we had to have some olive ice cream while waiting for the return ferry.
Next day was a short local train ride around the bay to Iyo Saigo to see the Shikoku Railway Museum, very new only opened this year it commemorating the ...