Kurashiki Kokusai Hotel
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... call it "crow castle " as it is painted black.
We then caught the train to Kurashika which has old historic buildings that had mostly been storehouses and granaries in the old days. Kurashiki means "store house village". They are situated on a canal system. It was very low key and we seemed to be the only foreigners there but it has a very good art gallery with original Picasso's, Matisse, Cezanne, Joan Mori and others. A rich local ...
... impress, it is downright unattractive, but then the only reason we are here is for the garden. We will see what tomorrow brings.
Dinner was also a failure as everywhere needed reservations and we were too tired to wait. Ended up with the worse meal we have had in Japan. Some days are just full of disappointments!!! Guess the Wallabies feel much the same way.
... 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.
... on until we heard gun fire, and clapping. We realised that there was a demonstration taking place in front of the castle, with several people in costumes, firing various different types of guns. There was quite a crowd gathered, with film cameras and all sorts. We stood around the edge of the crowd for a while, but not being able to see very well, decided to move on and into the castle.
The castle was pretty but expensive. We headed up ...