Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The Trail

When you visit Shikoku Mura, expect to walk a lot - up hills, over streams and through forests. A beautiful scenery awaits you at Shikoku Mura; with beautiful flower gardens, bamboo forests, Japanese maples and a water garden. 

We visited Shikoku Mura during autumn and was treated to a rather spectacular autumn scene. 
Feel calm and serene while strolling through the bamboo forest. The place provided artificial sound of boars and streams to further enhance your tranquil experience there. I'm suspecting that the sounds of birds chirping merrily there was artificial too. But hey! Better that than an absolutely eerie quietness. After all, we got Shikoku Mura all to ourselves that day. Imagine that!
Yup, you can hear boar sound when you pass the wild boar fence (shishigaki). This particular fence is from Mito Peninsula of Shodo Island. Stones were fixed in place with mortar mixed with pine needles.
 You go up sometimes
and you go down sometimes. 

Be warned. Those with mobility issues will have a bit of problem getting around Shikoku Mura. My Mom for example, would not like it if I bring her here. Too much walking and climbing! Kids however, will have a merry time running around. Just ask Raimie.
We admired a bit of these
and a whole lot of this
and this.

If we just stroll dutifully following the course, it would probably take us about 45 minutes to finish visiting the place. But why hurry when you can stroll, stop, see, touch and savour the place and atmosphere slowly? I think we were there close to 3 hours.

3 hours well spent and ending our visit at the adjacent gift shop. Would love to try the food at the restaurant there, but the place was packed!

35 comments:

  1. I hope you didn't go on a morning run that day with all the walking :)

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    1. Hahaha

      I did actually. Just 6K though.

      Plus, after visiting Shikoku Mura, we spent 2 hours walking around Ritsurin Koen. ^^

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    2. Wow! You gotta be in some kind of shape :)

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    3. Out of shape, more like. LOL

      It was a slow run and a slow, slow walk around the area. Nothing too strenuous. ^^

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  2. The 3 hours must have be so nice that you didn't want to get away. :)

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    1. It would be such a waste to hurry instead of checking each of the houses slowly and reading up the information, checking the details and have fun! :)

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  3. I like the top picture best of all, it looks so inviting on a nice morning!

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    1. It was really nice to stroll there. We did stop and sit quietly for a bit at the bamboo grove. ^^

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  4. Autumn photos autumn photos autumn photos happy happy happy! ^^

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    1. Though not at all season appropriate. ;p

      But I figured one or two autumn loving reader might like this post. Don't you think so? ^^

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    2. Yes, there might be one, maybe, another savage with no concept of time or appropriate behaviour ...

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  5. So you had the garden to yourself, but the gift shop was packed? Why am I not surprised? }:-)

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    1. Gift shop was relatively empty. It was the restaurant next to it that was packed. Not even a single seat left!

      Must be a good place to eat.

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    2. Aha. Wakatta. That either has to be a very good restaurant, or the only restaurant in the vicinity. ;)

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  6. The wild boar wall didn't keep out the barbarians!

    Thanks for this post. You've made me a happy woman. ^^

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  7. I love to walk a lot! Just like you love to run a lot! Hehe

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  8. Especially walking through the forests, over streams and complete with nice scenery!

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  9. Ooh! Bamboo forests! I like!! *panda mode* : D

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    1. I knew you'd like that bamboo forest, Panda! ;p

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  10. Wah! 45 minutes to walk through but you all took 3 hours! Haha! If me, also will take 3 hours or longer LOL!

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    1. Sudah bayar 800yen, might as well take it slow and fully utilise the visit. Right or not? ;p

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  11. Looks like a quiet place to do your walking exercise. I was going to say it looks like you have the whole place to yourself when everyone is in the restaurant. I guess you can exercise before and after eating here too.

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    1. I guess the others thought it'd be better to fill up first before attempting any walking. ;)

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  12. It looks that you and your family enjoyed there very much.

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  13. Artificial sounds reminds me of the fake birds chirping at all of the stations. At least the JR stations. :)

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    1. But those are quite cute. I quite miss those sound. ;p

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    2. http://www.birdlistening.com/

      PS: Found out that the bird chirping is for the visually impaired so they know where the exits are.

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    3. That's cutely functional! Thanks for the link!

      We used to listen to train station music/ring tones/whatever you call it over at Hatsumelo.com. ^^

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    4. Interestingly enough, my dog went crazy when I played a few of those. ^^

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  14. Wow! Amazing place! The picture of the white/yellow flowers is so cute! It looks like a head of the lions! XD

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