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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 ...
... hard to find a rhythm in such surrounding, but well, that's how it is!
The 12 km long bride crossing from near Marugame is only open for the train and cars, bicycles have to ride further east to Takamatsu, to catch a ferry, which made my day a bit longer then expected.
After getting of the ferry in Tamano, another 30 km into the dark night had to be covered,to reach Hayashima, ...
... 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.
... of the island from the top but oh what a ride.
We found the museum in the end. Owen was already there with some of the group who had opted to catch the local bus. We told him that he had seriously underestimated the distance. Anyway, I guess we needed the exercise considering we have been sitting in trains for close to 1.5 weeks.
The first thing that we did was to find a cafe for a nice cold drink. It must have been at ...
... 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 ...