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Shikoku Day 5 (II)

It's was day 5 and my stomach ache was only getting worse. We woke up at the golf club-house, packed our bikes, and rode on to Kochi where, realizing there was no way we could ride across the mountains in time, we wanted to catch an early train up to Kotohira.

Before we do that though, we had to fulfill Tomoe's dream of eating katsuo tataki (semi-raw tuna), which Kochi is famous for. We spent an hour wandering around the shopping area never buying the fish because with it's tourist attraction status, the prices were just way to high. We finally wound up buying some from a supermarket and sitting in the park to eat it.

Kochi Market -Shikoku, Japan

We had asked the tourist information center were we should go to eat it, and he directed us to the area where we searched for an hour. After we had finished however, we rode our bikes a couple blocks away and came across a great, cheap, lively market selling tuna, and anything else you could imagine. Of course, after eating two pieces of the tuna I could barely walk, so I wasn't in the mood to eat more in the market, but far be it for me to allow my stomach ache to get in the way of Tomoe's dreams. We wound up eating a couple more little goodies, and finally catching an afternoon train to Kotohira.

View from Kopira-san -Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, Japan Climbing the steps of Konpira-san

Kotohira is famous for Konpira-san, which has a temple on top, reachable by climbing 1,200 or so steps. As I used to live in Kagawa-ken, I have had the opportunity to climb to the top several times - every time a new Japanese friend wanted to show my Japanese culture. Yes, mom, that is also where I took you when you came over.

It's a nice climb, despite the crowds, and it is a good way to kill time. Since we planned to set up tent in Kotohira, and we had several hours of daylight with no where to bike to. In fact, we had way too much time. We made it to the top and back, wandered around town a bit, found a nice place to set up the tent when it gets dark, waited and waited and waited until we were hungry.

Making the world famous Sanuki Udon -Kagawa prefecture, Shikoku, Japan

While we were waiting we decided to take a bath in one of the many baths in the town. That plan dried up when we discovered that all onsen in the town close at 4 pm. As we were walking around, we realized that while there are hundreds of noodle shops (the area is home of the famous Sanuki udon), all the shops also close when the tourist mountain closed. There were only two places left open for dinner in the whole city. By the time we decided we were hungry enough, they were both packed, and the good, local-ish restaurant had a one-hour wait. The other place, a cheap chain izakaya had an open table, but they were so packed, with only one waitress that we still ended up waiting for about an hour for the food.

We try not to dwell on the negatives though.

It rained that night, but we had found a nice park with a semi-covered area, so we were for the most part protected. My stomach wasn't hurting so much anymore, so for good measure I scarfed down a bag of peanuts before going to bed.

Train to Konpira-san Can we go yet?


It is fascinating to share your journey.

all the pictures are amazing. really amazing. i like so many of them and could say so much about a few of them but since so many photos are amalgated into one entry it is pretty hard. haha. but suffice to say - beautiful stuff.

Thanks Emily, I have been looking at your site too. I am planning to steal you little pop-up with links to your contributions to various photo sites. So simple to make, and a great idea, yet for some reason I procrastinate.

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