Mitsui Garden Hotel Okayama
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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 ...
... a town/city is not unusual. In the mountains the electricity towers are in the most rugged terrain and some are even right on top of the mountains. The sort of thing we would be horrified to see happen at home.
We got into Okayama at about 1:30 and found our hotel easy enough as it is directly opposite the train station. Our room is on the 16th floor with a great view of the Shinkasen trains coming and going. ...
... 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 ...
We left our ryokan at 7am this morning and caught an early train from Nara to Kyoto. It was peak hour and by the time the train reached Kyoto it was jam packed. Lots of school kids. At Kyoto station we found a cafe selling a "toast set" and so that is what we ordered. Buttered toast arrived accompanied by a small salad with something fishy on top as well as a small dish of yoghurt, a jammy substance and something orange. We whipped out the ...
... shared a bed for a couple of weeks. We decided to make the most of the expensive hotel, and had a nice evening in.
We didn't leave the following day either. On Saturday 10th, we hung out in the hotel. The furthest we went was the Lawsons convenience shop on the ground floor for snacks and wine. We had a lovely day in, and because we were in, we managed to catch a surprisingly large number of people on Skype! Starting with the wonderful ...