That day begun with some kind of adventure: I wanted to reserve my seats for the next two days already and get some money. Since I took the wrong tram (松山市駅 and 松山駅… who the hell should notice that they have two different stations?!) I couldn’t reserve any JR seats there. The nice office man walked all the way to get me to the next train. But I prefered to walk those 1,5 km. No idea how much I walked today in total. Should be around 10 km for sure :D
At the correct station I was able to reserve my seats. For sure my word of the week is 自由席 (じゆうせき, non-reserved seat). After figuring out the non Shinkansen train system now I always look for the Kanji “自” when I didn’t reserve a seat. If I got the chance I just go to a station and get my reservation for free in advance. It’s more relaxing like that.
Because I still didn’t know where I could find a 7-Eleven I decided to ask some police officer. Normally they always know the way. But somehow the aren’t many 7-Eleven around in Matsuyama. With only 124 Yen left in pocket I found one after some walking. For everyone who travels to Japan and uses his or her credit card to get cash I can only recommend that website: http://inbound.standard.navitime.biz/sevenbank-english/Index.act
It made my day! Traveling around is more fun when you have money :D
From far away I noticed a nice building, so I randomly walked to it. It looked like some kind of ruin I know from Germany. It turned out to be a lovely decision. 松山総合公園 (まつやまそうごうこうえん) is a lovely park with an observatory deck. From there you have a nice view all over Matsuyama. You can see the ocean, mountains and the 松山城 (まつやまじょう、Matsuyama Castle) I planned to visit next.
I really love the people here on Shikoku. When I stopped on a bench at that parl a mother and her daughter came over and ask if they should take a picture of me and the nice Sakura.
We had a short conversation in Japanese. Most people here are pretty surprised that I speak their language and especially that I travel all by myself. So far I never felt uneasy or in danger here.
Later that funny conversation happened with some Japanese boys:
Boy 1: “こんにちは” (Hello)
Me: “こんにちは” (Hello) *bow*
Boy 1: *surprised* “すげえ！” (Awesome!)
Me: “日本語をわかります。" (I can understand Japanese.)
Boy 1 and 2: *big eyes* “すげえー！”(Awesome!!)
Back most of the way to the castle. The Matsuyama castle was built in 1603 by Yoshiaki Kato. The castle tower burned down and was rebuilt like some other parts which were destroyed during World War 2. It is a really nice castle. I love the old japanese archtectional style so I try to visit as many castles and temples as possible. Besides the view from the top of that castle is breath-taking.
After that nice day I had some delicious Udon and went back to my apartment. Enough walking for one day.
Weather: sunny or cloudy
Distance: around Matsuyama
Positive: That city is so beautiful from above