Departure from the ship was very prompt and efficient unlike yesterday. We drove up into the mountains and visited one of the 88 Temples which are on a sort of pilgrimage trail. The Godaisan Chikurinji temple has a guest house with a typical Japanese garden. That is- trees rocks, moss, water and a few bushes , very minimalist but made to relax ones mind and allow contemplation. You take off your shoes and observe the garden from the guest house. A short walk from here is the actual temple which we couldn't go into but could peer through the doorway. It had a wooden roof made of tiny pieces of wood all hand placed with no nails and needed frequently replacing. The surrounding area was really peaceful with the odd shrine and also covered Buddhas. If a family has a baby they can come and dress the buddha for good luck. After this it was a short walk to the Makino Botanical Garden which had a lovely conservatory with huge orchids and a lovely walk through the gardens. It was so peaceful and relaxing. We were lucky to see the green cherry blossom which is very unusual.
we are doing the daily trivia but there are only 4 on our team so we don't get points every day. We met our neighbours at the "block Party" where everyone comes out into the corridor and gets a drink and chats which is quite fun. We share a table every night at dinner so have met lots of people. Must confess the Brits and Ozzies are the most fun. Keep meaning to have an early night but end up chatting in the bar.
I am a retired doctor with 2 kids, one of whom lives in Australia so travelling to the other side of the world has become second nature. Apart from socialising and gardening, travelling is my favourite hobby. I love travelling with my husband as we have the same likes and dislikes when it comes to food, wine and things to do (apart from sport that is !)
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