Hotel Excel Okayama
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Morning drizzle and cloudy skies today. Top about 17 degrees, though felt warmer at times.
After the bus debacle yesterday we caught the "street car" or tram today. Visited Korakuen Gardens which are over 300 years old. Considered to be one of the 3 top gardens in Japan. Different to Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa (which are also in the top 3) with wide areas of open lawn, tea plantation and rice field, cranes in an aviary as well as groves ...
... a town/city is not unusual. In the mountains the electricity towers are in the most rugged terrain and some are even right on top of the mountains. The sort of thing we would be horrified to see happen at home.
We got into Okayama at about 1:30 and found our hotel easy enough as it is directly opposite the train station. Our room is on the 16th floor with a great view of the Shinkasen trains coming and going. ...
... br> today. It was fun to spend the time with Maiko and her family. They were so
gracious. Miku their oldest daughter (8 years old) did her very best to try to
communicate in English – I think if she were to spend a month in Canada she
would be speaking English in no time! Kokota (4) would talk away in Japanese
not quite understanding why we wouldn’t answer back! They both fell fast asleep
in the car ride back to ...
... we bought last night and topped off the toast - we knew it would come in handy!
We are speeding along on the super express Shinkansen to Okayama and just passing through Osaka which is huge, spread out to the hills in the distance. We change trains at Okayama going to Chayamachi, then a local train to Uno and ...
... 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 ...