Okayama

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Apr 12, 2013


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Friday, March 29, 2013

So today we went to Okayama where we went to see the Korakuen which we got a tram to. This garden is known to be one the three great landscapes in Japan and was built in the 1700s. It wasn't that exciting really so we didn't stay that long but we got a good view of Okayama Castle. The garden had a nice lake which had lots of koi in them, as well as a few wooden bridges which you could cross, lots of cherry blossom and a tea and rice field.

After that we left and went to find this statue of Momo-San a.k.a Peach Boy who is a character which features in a myth from Okayama. We got a bit lost finding it but a lovely old Japanese lady who worked in Korakuen directed us outside the park where we eventually found the statue. There were lots of kids playing around it which made it extremely frustrating to try and get a photo. One kid sitting directly behind the statue didn't move so we waited there for a while for them to go. They did come back again but I had got enough good photos so we departed. As we passed the park again we spotted a place which looked reasonably priced and offered a lovely view of Okayama castle. We sat on tatami in an open glass shelter and ordered udon with tempura. It was pretty good and a really nice place to sit and people watch or just look at the castle.

We then went to look at the castle but didn't go in. We just walked around it and then decided to head back as we had seen all there was to offer that interested us.

Back at the hostel we had a little rest before deciding we should go and do karaoke again! After getting directions from the lady at reception, we went and found Big Echo and spent an hour and a half singing our hearts out. We really killed some of the songs but also murdered a few as well. Either way we had a ball and I have my saved my rendition of 'I will always love you' for our final karaoke which we will do back in Tokyo.

After karaoke we wondered the streets for ages trying to find somewhere to eat. After what seemed like ages we found a lovely cute little place that did Okonomiyaki, much to the delight of Jennie. The two chefs there were very friendly and I talked to him a bit in Japanese. They also had an English menu. The food was really nice.

After that we just headed back to the hostel and packed up our stuff, ready to move onto Nagasaki tomorrow!
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