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Today was a bit of a spare day, due to Nara being a shorter trip than planned, so I decided to head to Okayama which is on the route towards my next hostels destination of Hiroshima. Similarly to Himeji, Okayama has a castle and a famous garden(one of the top 3 in all of Japan) so I spent the late morning and early afternoon pottering around these sights. These two were hidden gems that are mainly missed off tourist itineraries. The castle, known ...
... circle started in Hiroshima, and be back in this city.
I will probably go back to the same hostel, as I liked it very much. Over there, I may have to find a bike shop, after all this kilometres, the chain cries to be replaced.
I can take it now a bit easy, have still more then two weeks to catch the ferry in Kagoshima, but I better plan this remaining time, or else I will suddenly ...
... lords and eventually took 100 years to complete in 1754. From that time till 1870, Ritsurin Garden was used as the Matsudaira Family's villa. It spanned 228 years and 11 successive generations.
We spent about 2 hours wandering through the Garden. Lots of ponds, bridges and tea houses. Unfortunately, we are about 2 to 3 weeks too early for the autumn leaves. ...
We caught the Sakura 542 Shinkansen from Hakata to Okayama, arriving at 10.33am. It took just 110 minutes to travel the 446Km. We can't fathom that kind of speed in Australia at all. All our luggage was piled into the second carriage with one poor unlucky chap.
20 minutes later, we were on the Marine Liner 23 train to Takamatsu, taking a bit under an hour to travel the 100Km or so.
The Marine Liner 23 is ...
... ferry ride there & back and it lovely sitting up at the front watching smaller islands go by as we headed towards Shodoshima, naturally we had to have some olive ice cream while waiting for the return ferry.
Next day was a short local train ride around the bay to Iyo Saigo to see the Shikoku Railway Museum, very new only opened this year it commemorating the ...