- There is no in-room WiFi. You need to work on the lobby floor.
- First, the remote control is in Japanese. I don't read Japanese. At night, in bed, I thought I was changing the volume, and all of a sudden I got a graphic "adult" film. So I immediately turned off the TV and went to sleep. The next morning I turned on the TV, and the same show was still playing. I wondered if I would be charged for 7 hours of this film. I went down to report that I made a mistake. The person at this desk smiled and wiped the possible charge off my bill
- Breakfast was modest, but better than any free breakfast in the USA. However, the Hampton Inn in Vacaville, where our golf group will again stay next month, has a pretty good assortment, including making your own waffle.
- See those white paper notes? For a dollar, you can buy your fortune, and if you don't like what it says, you tie it on these trees and, perhaps, purchase another one.
- That branch you see in middle above the group is part of a really old tree.
Incidentally, the towels made and sold here are Imabari, perhaps the finest in the world, for hotels like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons purchase their towels from this company. I was given a hand towel, for in Japan the restrooms have no paper napkins, so you need to carry you own something.
I ended my visit with a cappuccino and another yellow view:
We ended the day by checking into Dogo Onsen Chaharu, where I took a walk. Bumped into two from the Panda group, Gary and Amy:
Above, a typical hanami. I should note that my Blue Bar Pigeon also showed up here in Matsuyama.
I then went to the hotel onsen and had a glass of sake at the outdoor area where the wind and 50-ish temperature balanced the hot soak. I was almost alone, kind of symptomatic of the gridlock faced today in Kyoto, Tokyo and other parts of more popular Japan, while our tour was unhindered.
The group then was served an assortment of local specialties for dinner:
I found the dinner to be okay, but not any more. The Ehime beef was more like American roundsteak. What surprised me most was that I had a beer with my meal, while none of the 27 others had any alcohol.
Tomorrow, on to Kochi.