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The Iya valley is sold in the guidebooks as undiscovered hidden Back to nature Japan. So I was ready for a rushing river and long hikes. And then there is the famous vine bridge crossing the Iya river, a feat of old timey engineering. But I should have remembered that in Japan , if there is something cool to see there is definitely going to be bus parking. So, I stayed in a little guesthouse ,Kel Na Sob, perched ...
... on the tourist leaflets, we were slightly underwhelmed by the whirlpools when we got there! We had thought that there would be 2 really big, deep whirlpools under the bridge, however it is actually more like lots of little whirlpools which all twist and turn into one another. It was still a pretty impressive sight though.
After seeing the whirlpools we made a mad dash to get the next train to Takumatsu only to find that on the way we had an hour stop at ...
... like hanging up my hat (or throwing off my bloody backpack more likely) that's my home.. Temples are cool. Great beautiful gardens to stroll in. The Japanese baths are class. And rooms lovely traditional. I'm in love with tatami floor. I hadn't had much to eat but the monk gave me some food for o-settai. Coffee and croissants. I wolfed it and fell asleep. At 7.30pm. Ha! The night owl - beaten at last! ;0) Ding!!! 4am. Wide awake. Blood pumping. The pain of the previous day ...
... enjoyed the absence of noise and nuisance. I did what I do best. Just let my feet guide themselves onto any road, path or alley that they felt like walking on. And they led me straight to a shop that sold pilgrim gear. What luck. Much cheaper than the temple shops I had read about online. And also I got my first pilgrim gifts of this journey. A cup of tea and 3 packets of incense sticks. How lovely! Found rare outdoor seating at Cafe Hats Espressivo and almost licked the ...
Another early start and we bid farewell to Hiroshima and hit the expressway to Shodoshima. The island of Shodoshima lies in the Seto Inland Sea and belongs to Shikoku Island and to reach it we had to ferry the car across the sea form the mainland (Honshu). A totally new experience for me as I think ferries are for people but my mother recounted that until she moved to Australia ferries were something cars went on as well as people ...
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