|The magnificent torri gate at Miyajima|
|A volunteer guide at the|
Hiroshima station who
spent 30 minutes helping
us to find a storage place
for our bags. He's an
engineer with Masda.
|The amazing Himeji castle|
Our last post closed with a photo of the amazing Himeji Castle, built in the 1600s. We've seen a few castles in our day, but this one takes the cake. It's worth a trip to Japan just to see this. We have a few extra photos of it included in the link at the bottom of this post.
Our stay in Himeji was in the 12-story Dormy Inn, a popular chain among the Japanese, about about the cost of a Portland budget airport hotel. It included a wonderful anson, which consisted of hot spring pools and a sauna on the roof. No swimsuits or tattoos allowed, but they were sex segregated. We could wander about the hotel and go to breakfast in the PJs and slippers they provided us.
We took a day trip to the town of Kuashiki, which had a well-preserved
|A traditional residential street in Kuashiki|
|The 3-mile Kurusima bridge. The circle at|
the first tower is the bicycle ramp
|The bike ramp to the Kurusima bridge|
Tonight is our last night before we meet up with members of our 12-day Sierra Club hiking tour in Kyushu. We're in a quaint roykan, which is a small traditional Japanese Inn. Now that all the tourists have taken the ferry back to Hiroshima, it's very quite here. Our host prepared a stunning seven-course meal for us. The torii gate, pictured at the top of this post is rated as one of the top three most scenic sights in Japan. It was built in the late sixth century and remodeled in 1168.
Our trip to Kyushu (the largest southern island in Japan) will be our last chance to ride the amazing Shinkoshan, the so-called bullet train. Be sure to check out our video clip of Japan at 200 mph within the link below. Enjoy!
Link to photos: