Toyoko Inn Banshu Ako Ekimae
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... place has French bakeries galore and they love beer! Has to be in the genes.
Everything is beautifully presented in the stores with even the simplest of purchases usually beautifully packaged.
The gardens redeemed Okayama, but it does not impress otherwise. So it is not somewhere you would visit unless you love gardens. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and just wish we had the space and the youth to have a large beautiful garden.
... well south of Takayama. So some time for reflections.
Everything talks to you in Japan or makes a noise of some sort. The escalators, the lifts, the trains, the little machines the train cleaners push along the station, etc. They are particularly fond of a jingle. One plays just before a train departs or arrives at a train station which seems essential as so many people go to sleep on the train, it at least wakes ...
... some bamboo groves, found tucked away shrines, and so many beautiful and colourful carp in the lake. There were some giant herons in cages at one end, which we couldn't take good pictures of due to the wiring. It was a very peaceful setting.
We walked back towards our hotel and picniced by a water fountain opposite. We collected our bags and made use of our JR passes for the last time, and headed to our next destination - Osaka, again!
... brochure prices! But it was helpful to have the local knowledge to put it together and give advice.
I am also quite glad now that the next part of the trip is quite well planned – as we really wouldn’t have had much time recently to start booking hotels and deciding where to go. I guess if we had left the whole thing open we might now be saying, let’s stay in Japan a bit and see somewhere more rural… but then we’d never get around the ...
... Japan we all think of, inside modern Japan.
And then, the lady informed me that with my ticket, I got to sit in a traditional tatami room on the lake and drink matcha (green tea). Which was awesome. Relaxing, watching the ducks swim around and the fish jump for the bugs, the autumn trees reflecting in the water, enjoying tea. It was good times. But I've gotta say, historical Japanese people were tiny, I was almost decapitated by the door frames a few times.