Another view of the river, with a small grey egret
Public onsen entrance
There were of course the usual souvenir shops and restaurants. It was enjoyable to walk around town, in spite of the heat.
We then went on to Tottori to see the beautiful coast and the famous sand dunes.
I am afraid it was too hot to go trudge on them, and the sand was burning!
We went on to see the Gembudo caves, with very interesting basalt rock formations. It was pleasantly shady there.
Then we took the train and went on to Matsue, where I had stayed last April. This time I visited the castle, took a boat trip on the Horikawa river, which serves as a moat. Then we went to visit Izumo Taisha, an important old Shinto shrine. It attracts 450,000 visitors a year!
The banks of the Horikawa river. Saw several herons, but did not manage to photograph them
Outer building, Izumo
Roof detail, Izumo
Unexpected object: a sculpture of the famous "wave" of Hokusai
The third and final installment coming up!