First Japanese hotel I had ever stayed in. Very correct respectful staff, hard to get used to people bowing to me amd bowing in return.
I am a peasant from the North of England and had to learn to grapple with all the technology of the hotel room. The card key, the multiple mode toilet, of the 5 function light which had a moonlight mode which I don't know how I have ever lived without. The room was large and good old-fashioned pyjamas were provided. From the window you can see the black volcanic ash which erupts from Sakurajima on the flat roofs, the active volcano dominates Kagoshima, a real bonus would have been a view of the volcano itself.
There is a Lawson's convenience store south of the hotel towards the port from where I walked back eating a packet of crisps until I remembered it isn't done in Japan to eat on the streets which is a bad habit I was prepared to forgo for the sake of public decency. There is a fantastic bakery to the west on the way to the station where you can hear the singsong of the bakery girls as they promote their wares..
A lady lives in a plastic bag on the pavement outside this hotel, I wonder if they let her in to go to the loo?
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