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... crow castle' for its unusual black facade was very aesthetically pleasing. The same can be said for the gardens which has big wide open spaces and all the features of a traditional Japanese garden. After visiting Okayama, I headed on to Hiroshima on the slowest bullet train ever( nearly 2 hours for a 40 minute journey because of 20 minute stops at every station on the way!) Tomorrow I will explore Hiroshima and in particular the peace memorial ...
11/2 Stage 63 Saijo to Hayashima km 145
After a short stint to Shikoku Island, I am back to Honshu in Hayashima.
The planned crossing of the mountains to the southern side of Shikoku made no sense, under the miserable weather condition this would have been a torture.
Instead, I rode eastwards along the coast, towards the city of Takamatsu. The mountains in the south were ...
... 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 ...
... to stay at the museum to take more photos of some "eagles" whereas the rest of us walked down to the yellow pumpkin by the beach. He could catch the bus from the museum at 4pm and there was another bus at the yellow pumpkin structure at 4.15pm.
We made it back to the port in 15 minutes so it would obviously take a lot longer than 35 minutes to walk that same distance. Lynne reckons that we had walked at least 11,000 steps ...
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 ...