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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 ...
... thick clouds, but to my fortune, along the coast the lighter sky allowed even some rays of sun to come through.
Shikoku Island has a population of a bit more then four million people, it's the least populated of the four island. In the mountains, I would have come across remote areas. Most people must live all along the coast ,you just go from city to city, from streetlight ...
We left on the Ishizuchi 3 Limited Express train at 8.45am bound for Iyo-Saijo at 10.18am. It is a distance of about 110Km on the northern coast of Shikoku. We could see the bridge that we were on yesterday as well as the Seto Inland Sea. It was slightly drizzly but not enough to require a raincoat. Besides, it was only a 20 minute walk to the station and we would be on the train after that. It fined up once we reached Iyo-Saijo.
The Shikoku Railway History ...
... to the museum itself. John had to ask people along the way for directions.
Joseph was lagging so far behind that I wasn't sure if he would find his way if I didn't stay back a little. There were branch roads - high road or low road. The signage wasn't terrific and at one point, the sign to Brenesse House pointed to up the top of the hill. The man at the junction said to go to the low road but that sign was to another museum. ...
... 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 ...