Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 May: Japan: Okayama: Wake

Wisteria,  a flower that is more sensitive than cherry blossom and flourish in a shorter period - mostly during Golden Week or last week of April to first week of May.

It took almost 3 hours and 4000yen from Osaka to Okayama, with the following transfers:
  • Midosuji line: Namba to Umeda
  • Tokaido lineL Umeda to Himeji
  • Sanyo line: Himeji to Aboshi
  • Sanyo line: Aboshi to Aioi (Banshu-Ako)
  • Sanyo line: Aioi to Kamigori
  • Sanyo line: Kamigori to Wake

Tip: Look at the screens, every 10-15 seconds, it will change from Japanese to Romanized, to guidelines on which platform you'll wait.

From Wake station, took a cab going to Fuji park - Wake-cho 1386-2 Fujino.

藤公園 和気町藤野1386-2 【問い合わせ先】和気町役場産業振興課 TEL:0869-93-1126

Terribly disappointing because the blooming season is over by 17-May.  Instead of falling petals, there are a lot of hairy caterpillars that brings itchiness (Filipino: higad).  From the image below, the left photo was taken from a small closed shop or ticket booth, that is what I was expecting to see.  However, the right photo was the reality, very few flowers that you can catch on. 

Since there are no more flowers, I decided to spend some time in Wake History and Folk Museum.  It offers old machines and showing how people spent their daily life and activities in the old times.

I tried to hail a cab on the street, but it is just too quiet.  I went back to the museum and requested for help to call a cab instead to pick me up and head back to the station.  It was a short 10 minute ride talking to the driver because his wife is also a Filipino.

Summary of 3 days itinerary in 2014 Spring Osaka, Okayama, Kobe, Kyoto, Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Go to Okayama by train
Wake Wisteria Park, Wake Folk Museum
Go to Kobe by train
Western-style buildings in Kitano area
Walk along Flower Road
Day 2
Go to Kyoto by train
Mimuroto-ji Temple (Azalea)
Kawaramachi Catholic Church
TOEI Kyoto Studio Park
Return to Osaka by train
Namba Parks
Hotel IL Cuore Namba
Day 3
Clever Coffee
Cante Grande
First Kitchen Restaurant
Tully's Coffee
Hotel IL Cuore Namba