Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Fourth Island

Shikoku; the smallest island of the four main islands in Japan and that's the destination we're headed to in Day 5.
Took this very cutely decorated Anpanman character Limited Express Shikaze train from Okayama to Matsuyama, just minutes before it's set to depart from the station. It took about 2 and a half hours to get from Okayama to Matsuyama.
Arrived Matsuyama Station, looked around for an English map of the area but can't find one. Had lunch at a nearby cafe eating sandwiches and an anpanman bread for Raimie.

Instead of taking the streetcar, we decided to walk around the area. Firstly we walked towards Matsuyama Castle but after arriving at the ropeway station, decided not to "waste" money so we just contend ourselves with looking at the castle from afar; and then walked again and this time all the way to
Dogo Onsen but with a few stops at nearby attraction along the way.
Got on board the Limited Express Ishizuchi at 5.37pm and arriving Takamatsu Station at 7.57pm. The area looked pretty quiet with most shops at the station and along the way to our hotel closed or closing; so we decided to just eat a konbini bought dinner.

Sightseeing in Takamatsu the next day! Not to mention running! :)

22 comments:

  1. happy to be here
    greetings
    from İstanbul Turkey

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  2. Welcome to Takamatsu!
    My missus and I are leaving for Kansai International tomorrow... we shall be flying to Penang via KL... enjoy your time at Takamatsu...

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  3. That's the cutest train! Is every carriage a different colour?

    I'm getting more jealous by the minute. As you know, I love books, and you're going to places that have close associations with authors. Takamatsu, for example, is the setting of Haruki Murakami's novel "Kafka on the Shore". So enjoy it on my behalf, too! (^_^)

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  4. inside dogo Onsen,it is written .
    Tomorrow will be another day!

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  5. @Lrong,
    And have a blast in Penang!

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  6. @Rurousha,
    Not all trains have Anpanman decorations but there are several designs and colours, interior included.

    You should come and visit and relive the book's setting there. ^^

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  7. @mior,
    Yes, tomorrow will be another day!

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  8. So happy to see your travel pictures! :D Keep coming keep coming!

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  9. @ristinw,
    Just a summary first, then when we come back fom our vacation, there'll be a deluge of Japan photos here! Stay tuned. :)

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  10. Sorry that you can't find English map.
    In rural area you may not find English guides but you can understand the illustration of guide.

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  11. @cocomino,
    It's not much an issue for us, but for a place that's famous and quite literally swarming with foreign tourists, I thought that there would be some foreign language maps (Korean, Chinese, English) available.

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  12. I love Japanese trains, aeroplanes decorated with cartoon characters.
    How come ours cannot be as kawaii as theirs huh?
    Shall I write to Ketua Kementerian Pengangkutan Malaysia? ;)

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  13. Oh! The Limited Express Shikaze train has those cute characters! : )

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  14. @London Caller,
    You totally should! We should market Upin & Ipin to international market! Those twin boys are so cute.

    Have you seen the Upin & Ipin cartoon, by any chance?

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  15. @foong,
    There are more cute trains in Shikoku. Pity we don't have much time to look for them all.

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  16. You did not enter Matsuyama Castle? Wonder what's inside?

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  17. @foong,
    Too high up, perched on a hill. xD

    What's inside? Bus loads of tourists. ;p

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  18. Matsuyama Castle sounds interesting! Konbini dinners in Japan are pretty good for a meal and used to have these a lot when there was nothing else around :)

    Japan Australia

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  19. The architecture is spectacular.

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  20. @Japan Australia,
    Konbini sets are a godsend. They are cheap and can be bought at all hours of the day. ;)

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