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... crow castle' for its unusual black facade was very aesthetically pleasing. The same can be said for the gardens which has big wide open spaces and all the features of a traditional Japanese garden. After visiting Okayama, I headed on to Hiroshima on the slowest bullet train ever( nearly 2 hours for a 40 minute journey because of 20 minute stops at every station on the way!) Tomorrow I will explore Hiroshima and in particular the peace memorial ...
11/2 Stage 63 Saijo to Hayashima km 145
After a short stint to Shikoku Island, I am back to Honshu in Hayashima.
The planned crossing of the mountains to the southern side of Shikoku made no sense, under the miserable weather condition this would have been a torture.
Instead, I rode eastwards along the coast, towards the city of Takamatsu. The mountains in the south were ...
... This was our first Western meal, not including the sandwiches and pastries, since we arrived in Japan. You can have ala carte as well but we decided to have the set meal, which is quite common in Japan. We had a three course meal. Water or tea is usually included. I opted for a quiche for entree, spag bol for main and a Coke. Joseph had the same except that he had to have a tiramisu as well. Lynne and John decided to have the salad for entree. There were choices ...
Before we caught the ferry back to Takamatsu, Takako and Owen led us to a rather unusual onsen or bath house. Unfortunately, tattoos seem to be the norm these days in the Western countries. In Japan, this is a sign of being in the Yakuza. Takako said that even if a female had the tiniest of tattoos, they would be disallowed into an onsen as she could be considered to be related in one form or another to the Yakuza. I ...
Next was a couple of days at Takamatsu on the middle island of Shikuko.
This is a port city where we took a ferry trip to Shodoshima. This is the largest island in the area. Way back in 1908 the Japanese Government decide to start an olive growing industry since the climate is very Mediterranean.
It was ...