As I pay for my ticket, and an old man offers to be my English guide. The guide is a free service provided by the garden, it is also an opportunity for the guide to practice English. He offers me an umbrella as there is some light rain. But, I politely decline. I find umbrellas cumbersome and avoid them as much as possible. He doesn’t take it either, as he is wearing an official raincoat with the name of the park in big letters.
The guide tours me around the main points of interest of the garden. During the tour, we do some small talk. He has a good understanding of English.
He asks me the inevitable question “From where are you?”. After my answer, I ask back. He lives in the city, 10 minutes from the garden. He rides this distance in a bike. Takamatsu is a city well prepared to go by bike. Bike shops and bike rentals can be found all around town.