Toyoko Inn Takamtsu Hyogo-Machi
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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 ...
... very first shinkansen, the Tokaido Bullet Train. He had also served as the mayor of Saijo City and was the fourth President of Japan Railways. Without his dedication and drive, the Japanese Shinkansen may not be where it is now.
There wasn't much else in the museum, so Lynne, John and myself wandered around the small town. Joseph stayed behind. We found ourselves in the old town with its shopping arcade. Some of the buildings looked condemned and there ...
We were going to make our way to the contemporary art museum called Benesse House. We weren't allowed to take any photos of the "artwork" within the museum itself. However, there were scattered works of art on the grounds outside.
Owen had said that it would take us only 35 minutes to walk from the Port to the Museum. Well, it took us 30 minutes to walk to the car park uphill and then another ...
... 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 ...