|View from our room|
|View down the river from our room|
One of the guys is the hotel concierge and he welcomes us to the hotel. He helps us unload our bags and directs the other guy to park our car. Inside we take off our shoes, because in most traditional style Japanese hotels you have to take off your shoes. Our shoes are whisked away and we're given huge western sized slippers to wear. 99% of slippers are sized for dainty little Japanese feet and we, Michelle and I, usually have to squeeze our humongous clod hoppers in. Osenkaku though has a few larger sized slippers. Georgia even gets slippers the smallest child size but they're too big for her. She still wanted to wear them though and shuffled around awkwardly.
Next we go through the tea and registration ceremony. We're served green tea and biscuits while we fill in the registration form and hand over our passports for copying. Then we're shown to the stacks of Yukata. Yukata are casual kimonos and are generally worn in Ryokans. I found one big enough for me, Michelle one big enough to wrap around her pregnant belly, and a cute little pink one for Georgia. Our bags are loaded on to a trolley and we're taken up to our room, up a clanky elevator and down creaky a hallway in the East Building.
|Map of the hotel and rotenburo|
|One of the hallways|
We're informed dinner is at 6.30. We think we have time to take a dip in the rotenburo.