Matsuyama New Grand Hotel
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... you could sit in chairs as well as a cafeteria and lots of vending machines – you can even get cans of hot coffee from the vending machines amongst a host of other goodies. The crossing was 2 hours and 45 minutes so we were able to have a bit of a nap on the way across. Fortunately it was smooth sailing most of the way.
Upon our arrival we caught the train to Matsuyama a city a bit larger than Victoria and home for the next 5 days. This area is known for ...
... heron. The legend says that, a long time ago, a wounded white heron spent his time in the hot water and that his wounds were healed by the water. Since then, people believe that the hot springs cure lots of body aches. After bathing, we looked for a hairdresser, found one but did not manage to get our hair cut as one of his client (we still do not know where the actual hairdresser was) told us ...
... forced to relax ;) After checking in, we tried the bath house at the hotel. Unfortunately, men and women are almost always separated and, when you don't speak Japanese, it is difficult to interact with others. So after a short time in very hot water (almost 50 degrees), Willem and I found each other back in the room at almost the same moment. In a Japanese inn, you also have dinner at the inn. Ours was planned for ...
... was a bustling arcade, clearly aimed at tourists as it was full of cake and sweet shops and local craft shops with all sorts made out of bamboo and carved wood – including an adorable rabbit orchestra.
We knew we'd found Dogo Onsen as the busy crowds in the arcade suddenly got thicker. As we approached the end of the arcade we were suddenly faced with the huge temple-like building, beautiful yet imposing. Some of ...
... such great views from here and we saw all of the crazy currents in the water. It was strange but they seemed to be flowing all over the place and you could see them really clearly in the sunlight. Ben had to press on as he had a bus to catch back across the islands to Onomichi so we said our goodbyes. Then we steadily carried on. The bridge seemed to last forever! As we reached the end we found a dog running around with no owner and near a busy junction. We grabbed him by ...