After yesterday`s slow progress I had only planned to go about 19km as far as the next temple then stay in a Minshuku (a smaller version of a Ryokan) near the temple. However, I arrived at Temple 13 and had my book stamped by midday, I still had plenty of spring in my step, so I went into the Minshuku to apologise and cancel my booking (stopping briefly to check the vocabulary for "cancellation" on my dictionary before I went in), and I strode on. After another four temples I was on the outskirts of Tokushima city, so decided to take a train into the centre where I would have a better chance of just walking up to a hotel and finding a vacancy. I asked a lady to confirm if I was on the right path the train station, and she changed the direction she was walking in, and said "Follow me", in perfect English. She told me that she had majored in English Literature at University but thought she was not so good at English now. As we approached the station, on a small path through a vegetable patch - I think she was showing me the short-cut - we had to walk right next to the tracks to step up on to the platform and I felt a bit uneasy but she was perfectly calm. She then told me I needed the other platform and said I should just walk across the tracks to get there, I wagged my finger at her, tutted, and said, "Abunai!" meaning 'dangerous', I thanked her for the escort and walked down the platform to the overbridge.
I had bought some new batteries before I reached Temple 13 and had started to take photos again, but when I got to the hotel in the evening and started to flick through them, I realised that I could not differentiate between them at all. Luckily one of my shots included the temple name on a signpost at the front gate, so I attempted to put the other photo's in order from that point.
- Temples visited today = Temple 13, Dainichiji; Temple 14, Jourakuji; Temple 15, Kokubunji; Temple 16, Kanonji; Temple 17, Idoji.
- Koban visited today = nil, but my map says that I should pass one as I walk from the hotel to re-join the pilgrim route tomorrow morning.
- Accommodation = Stay in Business Hotel, no meals ￥5250, Hotel Asutoria, Tokusima-shi, Tokushima-ken 〒770-0833
- Expenditure today = 4 bottles of Pocari Sweat ￥600, 5 Temple Stamps ￥1500, rental of a laptop in the hotel room ￥500, evening food ￥856 + can of Asahi Japanese Lager from a vending machine ￥300, it must be so easy for underage people to buy alcohol here.