My plans for today got disrupted part way, but it wasn’t a problem in the end. Details below!
Matsuyama City, temple 52 – Taisanji
As I reached the main gate to #53, a lady car-pilgrim gave me a sweet potato roll and a can coffee. Just as I was starting to feel hungry – very welcome! ^^
Matsuyama City, temple 53 – Enmyouji
#53 was the last temple I’m visiting today, so I phoned “costablanca” - the hotel I was planning to stay at today.
After confirming there was a vacant room and it was okay to stay, on taking my name the lady on the phone told me apologetically that they don’t accept foreigners. By policy. So I gave up staying there, whilst wondering if it’s really okay to put that sort of thing in hotel policy.
So if you should get the chance to stay here, I suggest that you please boycott them – discrimination shouldn’t be forgiven. (of course I don’t expect anyone reading the English version of my blog to come across such a chance to stay here)
I changed my plans to stay at a tsuyadou called Aokijizou a further 8 kilometers on.
A café shaped like a train which was by the road, I didn’t go inside though.
After walking for a while I ate lunch at an udon noodle restaurant.
The right picture is a road stop which I rested at. I also ate some not very doghnut-ish chocolate doughnuts.
The “Taiyou Oil Refinery” which was next to Aokijizou.
The Aoikijizou Tsuyadou
I came across KB-san about 5KM before reaching the tsuyadou. It seems he was also planning to stay there!
When we reached our destination, a man called HWS-san appeared and showed us around. He also gave us some information about where the next zenkon hotels and tsuyadou were and also gave us cup noodles and coffee as a settai.
I expect the mild night helped, but it was surprisingly comfortable.