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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 ...
... booked my next night to sleep.
For a change, this was a bit a different kind of hostel. It's very Japanese style, you sleep on tatami, breakfast is miso soup and rice. Guests are here from Holland, England, Australia and Japan.
I decided actually to stay here an extra day, it's great to be with a bunch of people, where you feel so welcome!
Tomorrow, I will ...
... very first shinkansen, the Tokaido Bullet Train. He had also served as the mayor of Saijo City and was the fourth President of Japan Railways. Without his dedication and drive, the Japanese Shinkansen may not be where it is now.
There wasn't much else in the museum, so Lynne, John and myself wandered around the small town. Joseph stayed behind. We found ourselves in the old town with its shopping arcade. Some of the buildings looked condemned and there ...
... the island from the top but oh what a ride.
We found the museum in the end. Owen was already there with some of the group who had opted to catch the local bus. We told him that he had seriously underestimated the distance. Anyway, I guess we needed the exercise considering we have been sitting in trains for close to 1.5 weeks.
The first thing that we did was to find a cafe for a nice cold drink. It must have been at ...
... station (of course) and then walked slowly down to the other end of the park. The map gave the impression that it this might take all
day, but fortunately it was a large scale map and it ony took us a couple of hours. On the rather large lake there was a 30min boat trip, Just two to a boat. It would have been lovely but we just too late to take the last boat of the day.