238 - 20th September 2006 - Okayama
Bamboo styled paper door in our Youth Hostel room!
The hostel was in the Nagai stadium! When the football match was on we had a nice view of the spectators
Shinkansen! The bullet train.
This is inside
Japan Urban Sprawl
Fountain at the station at Okayama
The footpath to the gardens of Korakuen
It is one of the top three gardens in Japan
It's rare in Japan to have so much green space which is why it is well regarded
There's woody bits
Green of course
and lots of big wide open spaces
Founded in 1686 by Lord Ikeda Tsunamasa
There are some watery bits too!
It's very picturesque
There are some nice shady areas to sit in
and lots of fish that come and see you
as well as this chap
a turtle I named Terence
Big stone tablet
More grass - The lawns are raised so that the paths are not visible - giving the effect that the green is continous - very clever!
Lots of little rivers run through
and there are islands
The red umbrella is a recently married couple having their photos taken in the wonderful surroundings
The garden from the top of a man made hill - It would make a great gold course here!
Probably very tough though
Trees are just starting to blossom
The path up the man made hill
I think the carpenter was drunk when he did this.