238 - 20th September 2006 - Okayama


Bamboo styled paper door in our Youth Hostel room!


Our table


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


Fish!


Tea house


Stepping Stones


It's rare in Japan to have so much green space which is why it is well regarded


There's woody bits


Shriney bits


Tea!


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


Water wheel


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


Stepping Stones


The path up the man made hill


I think the carpenter was drunk when he did this.