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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 ...
... thick clouds, but to my fortune, along the coast the lighter sky allowed even some rays of sun to come through.
Shikoku Island has a population of a bit more then four million people, it's the least populated of the four island. In the mountains, I would have come across remote areas. Most people must live all along the coast ,you just go from city to city, from streetlight ...
We left on the Ishizuchi 3 Limited Express train at 8.45am bound for Iyo-Saijo at 10.18am. It is a distance of about 110Km on the northern coast of Shikoku. We could see the bridge that we were on yesterday as well as the Seto Inland Sea. It was slightly drizzly but not enough to require a raincoat. Besides, it was only a 20 minute walk to the station and we would be on the train after that. It fined up once we reached Iyo-Saijo.
The Shikoku Railway History ...
... have a bowl of udon as well. We walked to the shopping street after dinner but most of the shops were closed by then, early by most standards as it was barely 8pm. We went to a nearby Lawsons (a bit like 7-11) and bought a green tea ice-cream for myself (it wasn't very good) and Joseph had some pineapple and creme caramel.
Then back to the routine of downloading photos and charging the batteries for the next day's shooting.
Next was a couple of days at Takamatsu on the middle island of Shikuko.
This is a port city where we took a ferry trip to Shodoshima. This is the largest island in the area. Way back in 1908 the Japanese Government decide to start an olive growing industry since the climate is very Mediterranean.
It was ...