This was a REAL hotel, this was not a hostel. I really did only pay JPY2970 (+/-USD30) for 3 nights. This was one of my proudest travel bargain moment.
That was the 4th trip to Takamatsu, so I didn’t bother to do any research. 20min ferry ride later… Voila, we’re on Megijima 女木島, Island of the Ogres. Er… Where were the vending machines? Where were the convenient stores? Where were the people?
Take my breath away already! This park was AMAZING. Impeccably trimmed and a sheer Japanese beauty in the botanical form. Think lake, zen garden, bridge, koi fish, bonzai, boxed grown trees, Japanese tea house overseeing the lake…
This beauty was categorised as National Special Scenic Beauty, it was the largest one in Japan. The garden was commissioned back in Edo period, 1625. It took about 100 years to complete; completed in 1745. It was a 3 star according to the Michelin Green guide. Unlike most 3 star destinations, this one was NOT crowded at all; as you can see from my photos, there was hardly anyone. Been there in autumn and summer time… no body LOL.
The tea houes, Kikugetsu-tei, served traditional Japanese sweet and green tea (no reservation required).
Kikugetsu-tei also served
Nakano udon school 中野うどん学校 is located in Kotohira 琴平町, just outside of Takamatsu 高松市. This small town has it all going – shrine, onsen and lots of sanuki udon eateries. Kotohira is mainly known for its shrine, Kompirasan daigongen 金刀比羅宮… in short, it is the shrine with a 785 steps hike (people are so faithful). I will write about this shrine later. For now, it is all about the udon making experience.
The class is in 100% Japanese, but the teacher is well experienced in body language; no problem at all 🙂 The chef goes on to explain how to make the dough and the saline solution.