We arrived at 2pm which is too early to check-in in Japanese hotels so we just wandered around the lobby and public area and then dug out the netbook to see if we have internet. Yessiree Bob. Free broadband Wi-Fi in the lobby area. And to top things off our room is close enough to the lobby that I get a strong enough signal to do... well... this.
I had just enough time to snap our first picture of the open air onsen (spa) that was scarily visible from the lobby, and the car park for that matter, considering you have to nude up to use it. Meh.
At 3pm we were shown to our traditional tatami mat room. It has a small low table in the middle of the room. When you go to dinner the maids leave their cupboards and scurry in and move the table and lay out your futons. The reverse process happens during breakfast in the morning. While we were given the run down on the place we were served green tea and delicious preserved apricots. After that, for us, it was beer o'clock. Well not quite. First we tried on the yukata, like a kimono, and then it was time to nude up for the onsen before beer o'clock and then dinner.
Those waters are so soothing, so warm, so therapeutic, so stinky of rotten egg gas. It was awesome.