May 5th, 2012

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Tosa Kure and Uwajima

The next stop after Kochi was Tosa Kure. The train I boarded to get there was the shortest I have ever been on: only one car! Unfortunately, it was raining lightly all the way there, and the clouds were so low I saw little of the scenery.

Here is the view from my window at the ryokan:

and on the other side, Tosa Kure harbor

The next morning, it was still raining, and I left with few regrets for Uwajima.

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I arrived there with pouring rain, and was very grateful for my hotel being just above the station. The next day, while it was overcast, at least it didn't rain, so I set off to visit sites. First was the smallish Uwajima castle, which is the original one.

From the castle, there is a pretty good view of the surrounding countryside.

I went on to the Date Museum, Date being the family that ruled the area from the early 17th century to the Meiji Restoration. It has an interesting collection. There is a small garden outside, where some wisteria was blooming.

From there, it was a short walk to a beautiful garden, Tensha-en. It was designed in the mid 19th century. The Date lord who designed it loved wisteria and bamboo, so they are much in evidence. The wisteria smelled delicious!

the lake seen through some bamboo

a white wisteria bridge

a path by the bamboo grove.

To be continued!