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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 ...
... 5 of them in this group) was leaving the tour to join his wife in Kyoto for a day or so, before flying home to Sydney. It would also make it doubly less confusing now as this John is also John Ward, the same as our neighbour John, who is also on the tour with us.
We caught a small one carriage tram car thingy to the Ritsurin Garden. The Garden was original constructed in the mid 1620s by a feudal lord called Takatoshi Ikoma. The Gardens were expanded upon ...
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 ...
... s associated with the Ohara Museum. The Annex (more modern art), Modern Asian art, Craft Art and the Kojima Memorial Gallery. Everything from prehistory pieces to funky multimedia from this year. A wander of the the old streets and then along the shopping strip that leads back to the Train Station. Today was a focus on bikes. Riders of all ages and can be in their 60s and 70s and the females may outnumber the males. Almost ...