So finally I hit the island that, it is fair to say, virtually all foreign tourists (and many Japanese) never visit. Famous for udon and an 88-temple pilgrimage, I found Shikoku a very welcoming, friendly, and country (inaka) place. Matsuyama is the biggest city, yet it is smaller than Nagasaki. It had a very relaxed and friendly feel though, somethign Shikoku(ians) are famous for.
First day of rain. Luckily I could take the ferry to Matsuyama.
They insisted we have a photo. Representing Kyushu with a bit of Kumamon
Matsuyama-jo, very very impressive (and mostly original!)
The top weapon is used to tickle your enemies into submission.
The local lord would have some great views over his town
So this gate protected the other two gates which were protecting the castle. Right.
You wouldn’t want to attack this castle.
Japanese ojichans defending the castle from a troupe of angry schoolchildren.
One fatal flaw in the castle design was the rather fun chair lift to the top, allowing attackers to not only scale the castle quickly but arrive rested and rather jolly.
Matsuyama-jo viewed from afar
Dogo Onsen, the oldest onsen in Japan. They even have the “Emperors Onsen” which is reserved just for him.
Well, it tasted better than it looked.
The perfect present for your loved ones left at home. A golden poo
Why doesn’t Nagasaki have its own beer? I see a gap looking to be filled. This was excellent.
Forgot to start recording until part way into the trip. Oops.