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... out of the car and onto the platform to wait for my train. The route I have in mind for the day is as follows: Regular train from Kyotanabe to Kyoto (25 km, 30 mins), regular train to Osaka (50 km, 45 mins), regular train to Shin-Osaka (6 km, 3 mins), bullet train to Kagoshimachuo (879 km, 3h 48m), bullet train to Nishimiyakonojo (80 km, 1h 25m), rental car to Kimotsuki (50 km, 1h+).
Total planned for the day: 1090 km in five and a half hours, although the entire trip will ...
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
... Bridge and saw a fisherman with a huge long rod. The fish wasn't terribly large, probably about 20 cm or 8 inches. So we were pretty lucky. If we had gone directly to the Shrine, we wouldn't have seen this.
We ended up at the Eikokuji Temple and had a quick look around before backtracking to look for the Aoi-Aso Shrine. It was next door to a school. They were having a sports carnival with the kids doing sumo ...
... relic of the past.
We spent about 2.5 hours at Tsuwano but honestly, we could have stayed here for much longer. It was a rush just trying to get to the Taikodani Inari Shrine, which is one of the five greatest Inari shrines. We had to go through several tunnels of tori gates before reaching the shrine, up the hill. It was well worth the effort.
Along the way, ...
... and back. This took about 2 hrs one way . Unfortunately there were some long tunnels and some windows were left meaning that the carriage filled up with smoke, we learnt very quickly to shut windows before entering the next tunnel
Tswana was an interesting town where we had a 2.5 hour lunch break, a little difficulty finding something open, a ...