Whilst Sakura season is not yet upon us there's enough blossom to give a hint as to why it's such a seminal event in Japan.
Despite arriving about 10-15 days before Sakura season it's not hard to see why Ritsurin Garden is considered to be one of the best traditional gardens in Japan.
Takamatsu tourist information has a designated English speaker and plenty of information for the day tripper.
Fifteen minute bus ride from stand 4 or 5 drops you right outside Ritsurin Garden, a lovely stroll garden, awarded three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
Off to Takamatsu. Means another trip to Okayama on the Shinkansen.
From there it's only 55 minutes on the Marine Liner.
27 March 2017
The tradition of buying an umbrella in every new town in Japan that I visit continues...
Wet but warming up. I'm a few weeks too early for the Sakura.
Easy day trip from Kobe. 35 minutes by Shinkansen to Okayama then four or five stops on the local train line.