This really was a great city and worth a lot more than the 24 hours we gave it. The scenery around and about looked lovely. Lots of fresh mountain air, which when your coming from China, is a real boon.
We attacked the town on bicycles, much to the boy child's delight. This was a doddle! As flat as you like and fairly compact. Additionally, the Japanese are very video considerate on the road and absolutely follow all the rules of the road so it is both easy and safe.
The he highlight is, of course, the castle. This is one of the few genuinely old castles left... A combination of fire, earthquakes and the RAF saw to that.
On entering the castle we were faced with a sight that would chill the bones of my sister-in-law: a guide dressed up in costume to pose for photos. Being in the museum game herself, she has a horror of having to do that sort of thing. This guy spoke English and knew what his public wanted and duels gave it to them.
We then attacked the keep of the castle. This was built in 1504 and it is now regarded as one of Japan's national treasures. The interior has all the original wood and each floor gets progressively smaller. Also the way up gets progressively steeper, which I thought was quite a clever defence mechanism. It would have been quite hard to attack people defending the top most floors as the ascent was pretty much ladder steep and narrow enough to not permit single file.
It was then time for a stroll around the lovely grounds of the castle. The bridge below, I think, looks exactly like what you would expect a bridge in old Japanese castle to look like.
As you can probably tell we really liked this small city. Some more bridges and gratuitous shots of blossom before we move on...
However, there's much more to this place than the castle. A couple of nice streets stacked full of tourist tat shops and cafes selling really xcellen food. In fact, throughout Japan the food was always tip top.
Over lunch we we worked out a cycle tour for the rest of the day The guide book recommended the concert hall, but there's a reason it's not pictured! Mind, it also said better at night. However, literally, just around the corner is the museum of fine art. This place specialises in local artists and was pretty damn good.
While we were there they had a big exhibition of. Work. She's a Lucas artist whose achieved international recognition. She is famous for red polka dots. Her work is bonkers but lots of fun.
We went on our merry way back towards the hotel via about five small shrines and temples that looked like the sorts of places the Mr. Grew up in.
All-in-all a top little day
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.