Hotel Alpha 1 Marugame
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... tea in a small tea house on Nakajima-no-shima Island that is a tiny island within a larger pond in the gardens. The hostess only takes 6 at a time at a cost of 800 yen each, which is expensive for a cup of tea, but you pay for the privilege of the experience. We were lucky as I met a young Japanese man and his girlfriend at the footbridge entry and he said "you have to try it, worth the 800 yen". We got his vacant spot. The hostess then closes the ...
... flatter land is densely populated. The cities look very ordinary from the train with mostly 60's style stalag apartment blocks that appeared in the economic boom after World War 2. Some cities were obliterated by American bombing so lost their historical buildings and of course many civilians also died.
Mind you the development seems to be creeping up the hills, and big high rises sitting on hills on the ...
... Had our last Japanese dinner then back to
the room to pack. It’s been another great day.
Thanks for going on this journey with us by taking the time
to read about our adventures in Japan. It has more than exceeded our
expectations and a trip that we would highly recommend putting on your ‘bucket
lists’. We’ll say good-bye for now.
Until our next adventure,
Brad and Heather
... minute ferry ride from there to Naoshima Island.
After our superfast train to Okayama, our train to Chayamachi was a complete contrast. The train name on the board was "one man" and it was literally one man and one carriage. He not only drove the train, he took the fares and blew his own whistle.
... and a half bottles of wine. Whoops.
On Sunday 11th, we were hung-oh-ver, but needed to check out and see some of the sights in Okayama. We managed breakfast and packing well, left our bags with the hotel, and headed to Okayama castle and the Korakuen gardens. About a kilometre along the road, we happened upon some kind of food convention, ignored it, and went to the castle grounds where there was another kind of food convention. We ...