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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 ...
... time so they don't miss their stop. A jingle also plays at pedestrian crossings. It goes Der, der, dedip, deep, and then a little bird tweets at the end of the jingle. After a while it gets annoying and you want to wring the neck of that little chirping bird!!! Your senses get assailed with so much noise in the cities. But you see few live birds, though you can hear some chirp in the forest. I managed to sight one bird on ...
... Some of the trees were just starting to change
colour -I can only imagine what it will look like in a couple of weeks from
Saturday afternoon was spent with Maiko and her family. They
came to the hotel to pick us up and off we went to the top of Mt. Yashima. On
top of this mountain is the 83rd temple on the pilgrimage journey.
There was also views out to the Seto Inland Sea although it was a ...
... minute ferry ride from there to Naoshima Island.
After our superfast train to Okayama, our train to Chayamachi was a complete contrast. The train name on the board was "one man" and it was literally one man and one carriage. He not only drove the train, he took the fares and blew his own whistle.
... top floor and watch more guns being fired below. Still confused about what was happening, we headed down through the castle to look at the displays. These were mostly outfit or costume related. We figured they weren't real, or we wouldn't be able to take photos of them.
We crossed the river and headed to Korakuen garden; known as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It was extremely pretty. With autumnal colours coming out, we ...