Business takes me to Japan occasionally, and I enjoy my visits. There are always meetings and other work, of course. But usually we’ll also play golf, and then there’s the magnificent food. Despite the usual 28-hour door-to-door travel for me (two planes, two trains), I always like going.
Before one trip, I decided it would be a shame to visit so often and not explore other parts of the country. So I arranged to stay a few extra days. I would be on my own, because taking my wife along was too expensive and our son had to be in school anyway. I was able to plan a fairly low-cost jaunt to Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four major islands. Matsuyama is one of the chief cities there. They have a famous onsen (hot-spring public bath), as well as the end of a stunning bike trail that crosses the Seto Inland Sea over bridges on the way back north towards Hiroshima.
There’s also a wonderful medieval castle. After a strenuous day pump-pedaling a bicycle up and down spiral bridge entrances and exits (some climbing six stories or more), a quiet few hours at Matsuyama Castle and its gardens was just the thing. And a lunch discovery topped off an excellent day.
© 2013 Adam Barr
Photos: Adam Barr on a dirty-lensed iPhone 3GS