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We have realised that travelling around checkout time (usual 10am-11am) means the trains are a lot quieter and we don't have to wait to check in at our hotel the other end. So once we checked out at 11am we jumped into a taxi back to the train station. This train journey was not as simple as the others. We were getting on one bullet train to Shin-Osaka station where we will change for another bullet train the rest of the way.
The train to Osaka left every half ...
... erect, side by side, with their arms straight by their sides, bowed to the bus. I began to learn...
This weekend I visited the Kintai Bridge, one of Japan's most beautiful and famous bridges. Built originally in the 1600s of rock and wood, the bridge is a popular spot to visit. On the other side of the bridge is Kikoo Park, ...
... and train back to Hiroshima. Geoff was already back at the hotel so had a few drinks in our room and went out for dinner. Went to a ramen place called GABA next to the hotel which was excellent! Peter and Lorry got the pork ramen plus we ordered other dishes such a Gyoza, spicy chicken (great), fried rice, yakitori all delicious. Our waitress was wonderful and spoke good English. We asked about karaoke bars nearby and she gave us the name of one near the train station. Lorry was intrigued ...
Our adventures have taken us west to Hiroshima, the furthest point we are travelling from Tokyo. Before we arrived we in Japan, we bought tourist rail pass, allowing us to travel on almost any train in Japan, including the Shincansen 'Bullet trains' without needing to buy a ticket. This is going to save us a huge amount of money and time. The trains are surprisingly spacious with enough leg room to swing a cat in and ...
... or two as well...even though I can't stand them at home). We stopped as a couple pet a deer and tried to decide where to go on a map when the deer walked over to Kellen and started eating the map in his hand. After a gentle struggle, the deer ripped the map in half, leaving kellen with a random section that meant absolutely nothing to us. So we followed the crowds around the bottom area of the island and stumbled upon the torri.
The torri ...
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