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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 ...
... circle started in Hiroshima, and be back in this city.
I will probably go back to the same hostel, as I liked it very much. Over there, I may have to find a bike shop, after all this kilometres, the chain cries to be replaced.
I can take it now a bit easy, have still more then two weeks to catch the ferry in Kagoshima, but I better plan this remaining time, or else I will suddenly ...
... and the other is in Korea Town in Tokyo, whatever that suburb is. That was what we were told last year. They might be completely gone now, which is a pity as they had some really quirky stuff. The Daiso shops here have roughly the same stuff that we have at home except that some of the shops are 10 times the size.
Leith and Kay left us to pick David and yet another John from the hotel for dinner. The four of us carried on and went to an Italian restaurant ...
... on Shikoku. The bridge spans five islands and took 40 years and heaps of money to build. The bridge is over 13Km long and consists of three suspension bridges, two oblique suspension bridges and one truss bridge. The view while crossing the bridge is amazing.
Once we reached Takamatsu at 11.49am, Owen had arranged for several taxis to take our bags to the hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel was a lot further from the station than ...
... Shinkansen Shinji
It contained one of the first Shinkansen engine carriages very different from the modern ones it that the front was more conventional with a snub nose not the sleek arrow shaped ones of today.
In the afternoon we visited the Ritsurin Gardens which are on the outskirts of Kyoto. We came atthe North entrance which is close to ...