Hotel Takeshi Sanso
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... used to be is now inhabited by the Matsue Museum, as well as beautiful park area, including some lovely Chionanthus retusus trees, which are currently in bloom and look amazing. Also many azaleas flowering and a few camellias just starting to make an appearance. There is a beautiful forest area around the castle, and it makes a pleasant walk to travel around the moat area, around the perimeter of the castle walls.
Inside the watchtower, each ...
Despite our misgivings, we set out for Izumo on the bus, and we had a very pleasant and scenic trip. The highway road, in some places, was well over 100ft higher than the surrounding paddy fields and towns, and there were quite a few tunnels through the mountains. Again, the scenery was just beautiful, with quite rugged mountains on either side.
We arrived at Izumo, expecting to get on a local train and try and find Izuma Taisha, with ...
... 50% discount for foreigners - 1150 yen instead of 2300! Of course, again, Fox and Mouse felt much sorrow for the sisters Ito; every other country privileges the local before the foreign - ahh, Japanese hospitality.
After a drive through snow, they arrived in Kurashiki and a delicious dinner ordered from a machine (but brought out by a human).
Discounts abound for the student, the retiree, and the local; however, who has ever received a discount for simply being a foreigner? At the Nima Sand Museum and the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Fox and Mouse gloried in such hospitality (while also feeling sorry for the sisters Ito).
The Sand Museum was a bit interesting, but surely more for those with Japanese literacy. Fox really enjoyed the sand bookmark craft at the end.
Early start of the day, wake up call at 6am! It was pretty good to book train tickets the day before, otherwise we would be struggling with time!
Shinkansen to Okyama then JR Express train to Matsue - total travelling time just over 4 hours.
Despite the rainy weather we took of to explore the fishing town of Matsue, known as the water city - it lays between the sea of Japan and two lakes.
We have visited Matsue-jo, the original ...