I snapped a few photos at the hotel and as we were leaving.
We started the day with a stroll around Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu. It is a magical place. We were fortunate to have it almost all to ourselves. There was a light rain off and on, otherwise perfect lighting for photos. The gardens were meticulously cared for. We were met by this station for dusting off your shoes.
A few other images near the entrance to the Gardens:
There were a few interesting buildings, but we only had time to wander the gardens.
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Above is my friend Martha, enjoying the sound of the gentle rain dropping on the pond. I'll let these images speak for themselves.
I wanted you to see the size of the bark on this huge pine tree!
This is Janet. We were grateful for her yellow hat, which made it easier for us not to get separated from the group.
Grabbed a few last images as I was running for the bus.
So, we're back on the bus, riding, riding, and it's raining harder. We finally stopped at an interesting place with a BIG bridge, swirling water, and a touristy store that specializes in ONIONS!
And it's COLD!!!
Not a great look for me.
But I had to try it.
We continued on our way to a wonderful restaurant in Kobe, where we climbed to the fourth floor and enjoyed an elegant Kobe beef luncheon. It was awesome and delicious!
And then, we were back out in the rain. We were given an hour and a half to shop.
I ventured down a covered shopping area in Chinatown, that went on and on and on.
We were due back at the bus (in front of Starbucks) at 4:00. At 3:30, I decided to head back. However, I had already seen all the shops in the covered area, so I decided to take what I thought was a parallel route out on the street. As 4:00 got closer and closer, I realized that I had somehow gotten turned around and pretty well lost. In a very
It was another mostly wonderful day, but by 9pm I was ready for bed. Stress makes one exhausted!