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One of the highlights of Takamatsu is the Ritsurin gardens.
There are no flowers, rather there are ponds and immaculately sculpted trees
and rocks and traditional tea houses. It is all so simple yet so effective. We
spent a couple of hours here just wandering and sitting and enjoying the
peaceful surroundings. We stopped and had a cup of Matcha tea at one of the
teahouses which was ...
... minute ferry ride from there to Naoshima Island.
After our superfast train to Okayama, our train to Chayamachi was a complete contrast. The train name on the board was "one man" and it was literally one man and one carriage. He not only drove the train, he took the fares and blew his own whistle.
... have an unlimited pass into the museum, even in the evening. So after we got here, late in the afternoon, we went outside quickly to take some pictures of the objects in the garden in the afternoon light, just before the sun dissapeared behind the mountains. Then we freshened up and got dressed for dinner in the French restaurant at the museum. The Japanese was full so we had to go French, which we didn't really feel like. However, this turned ...
Good bye Osaka. We are off to see the White Egret as Himeji Castle is also known. We are very lucky as the 6 year long restoration costing 2.4 billion yen was completed March 2015. The castle is 52 m heigh with 6 floors above and one basement. It is a national treasure and rightly so. There are 8 buildings in the complex and a photo around every corner. From Himeji we made our way ...
... see it there.
Continuing up to the very top, we paid our respects at Oku-sha (Inner Shrine), and admired the view whilst Nat got her notebook calligraphied by the monk there.
The walk down was very quick so, feeling the heat, we stopped for a bowl of kakigori on the way, which is a traditional Japanese summer desert that's pretty much just shaved ice with fruity syrup on it. Very simple, probably overpriced, but thirst quenching and delicious!