Sakaide Kokusai Hotel
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... no more people can go in. Not sure about the tea which was very green like spinach and which she told me came from nearby Bizen, but the ceremony and the serene view was worth every yen! She bowed so much, and so low that it was almost embarrassing.
Checked out Okayama Castle which is next door to the gardens. Again, much of it was destroyed by bombing in 1945, but has been faithfully reconstructed. It is very impressive with multiple stories. ...
... at night with all the lights on, very ugly view by day.
We settled in and then made a mad dash to catch a bus to Korakuen Garden (1 of the 3 best in Japan). Right bus stop, but wrong bus! We have been spoilt in the other major centres with English signposting including on buses, but seems Okayama has avoided those changes. Ended up walking for ages and gave up on visiting the garden today.
So far Okayama ...
... 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 ...
... minute ferry ride from there to Naoshima Island.
After our superfast train to Okayama, our train to Chayamachi was a complete contrast. The train name on the board was "one man" and it was literally one man and one carriage. He not only drove the train, he took the fares and blew his own whistle.
... Tom and Wills, we had an hour long catch up. During this call, we were contacted by the fabulous Jack and El, and so called them afterwards. Jack and El were also on a call to the marvelous Jesse. We were able to talk to Jack and El for nearly two hours and had a great catch up. After that, we called Jesse and were able to have a good quality chat with him for approaching an hour. By the end of this time, it was nearly midnight for us, and we'd ...