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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 ...
... the pasta main but some of them were a bit too Japanese to be Italian - soy sauce and/or salmon roe in the mix somewhere. Overall, it was a very nice meal.
We went back to the hotel at about 7.30pm for more laundry and downloaded more photos from today, as well as to write this blog.
We leave for Kyoto tomorrow morning at 8.45am. Bags in the foyer at 8.20am so that the taxis can take them to the station for us. No point wrecking the wheels on my bag.
... up hill.
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 ...
... Shinkansen Shinji
It contained one of the first Shinkansen engine carriages very different from the modern ones it that the front was more conventional with a snub nose not the sleek arrow shaped ones of today.
In the afternoon we visited the Ritsurin Gardens which are on the outskirts of Kyoto. We came atthe North entrance which is close to ...