Hotel Himeji Plaza
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... outside so we found one of those and went in. No one in there spoke any English so we used the phrase section of our guide book to order what we hoped would be pork gyoza, prawns and breadcrumbed chicken and to our surprise that is what we actually got! By the time we left it was busy with locals so I think we managed to choose well. We took our bullet train down to Hiroshima, booked into the Hotel New Hiroden and then fell asleep for the ...
... It was way too late to go and see the temple that appears in the last Samurai. I walked a bit around the castle, in town (not much to see), and went back to the hostel to have some rest.
Again, the owner was lovely and, together with a friend of her, I stayed like that till dinner time.
The rest is event-less, just normal stuff.
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Tuesday 21st Dec:
We had a good night sleep in our dorm
and then headed for Himeji Castle which was an hour and half outside
Osaka. Himeji looked so beautiful for all the pictures we've seen, and
its considered the most spectacular castle in Japan. Unfortunately when
we got there, the main tower and some of the surrounding grounds were
all covered in scaffolding. They are restoring it - and its going to
take them 4 more years! Well, we already ...
... what a good lawyer could do in that place. The other birds were cool. Even the buzzard, a much maligned creature that is only doing the job that God intended.
When the show ended we headed to the penguins and I never felt sorrier for animals in my life. Penguins in the middle of nowhere Japan on a hundred degree day. That's the life. We ended they trip to Yoderu by going fishing. The kids bought one fish each and were then taken to a river, where the fish ...
... to check them out. We found one that served Okonomiyaki, only this time it was cooked on a hotplate on the table, in front of you; you can't get fresher than that. It wasn't as good as we'd had in Miyajima but it was still very nice and we left the restaurant feeling very full.
After that we made our way back to the hotel and I went out to a laundrette to wash our clothes, while Andy researched accommodation in Tokyo - it's not all glamour and ...