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... of an hour to get there. By midday we had changed train drivers and watched the carriages empty. We sat singing 'we're on the road to no where....' Lol.
Eventually, and we mean eveeeentttuuaaaly we got to Himeji. And it was HOT and EXTRA HUMID. Oh my.god that 20min stroll to the castle was torture. Neither of us have experienced heat or humidity like it lol.
The pay of was of course the castle. It was quite quiet today...a few tourists, a ...
... reactors at one of the many nuke power stations hasn't shut down correctly. We will have to see what happens with that.
Other than that we are OK, just trying to work out where to go next to avoid another natural disaster.
A& R xx
This text added a week or so later, but a little more on the castle trip.
From our base at Kyoto we took the shinkansen for a daytrip to Himeji, a city dominated by ...
... of Akihiro, my brother-in-law, but it wasn't possible. Maybe next time.
Back home we ate yaki-niku, which is beef slices cooked on an electric griddle on the table. It's my favorite meal not because it's beef (though that's a factor), but because it is a meal that brings everyone together. We laughed, talked, and made a great ending to the trip. The next day we had to wake up very early to leave, but that didn't stop us from taking our time to enjoy ...
... as the *Mt. Hiei of the West.
Movie buffs out there may know that the temple was used as the location for the Hollywood movie, “The Last Samurai”. It is said that the crew visited Mt. Shosha by chance and were so impressed with the site that it featured as the backdrop for the movie.
To get to Engyogi, simply take a 30-minute bus ride on the Shinki Bus (No. 8), from either Himeji station or Himeji Castle, and jump off at Mount Shosha ...
... a posh restaurant near the train station. They were extremely courteous, which was nice considering we walked in with plastic grocery bags, in shorts and T-shirts! Our normal uniform for this trip. The experience was breathtaking! We assumed we would just get a good piece of beef. It was so much more. We had our own chef who cooked at a habachi right in front of us. If you have ever been to ...