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Going to Matsuyama from Takatsuma in The Evening. Finding the location of the Hotel at 12:00am Blog 25 August,17 17:29
We were tired. So, we entered the Takamatsu Station, sitting on chairs at the platform No.3. The train approached the station almost 30 minutes earlier than the departure time. We got on the train, I found the seats were comfortable, very large leg rooms. I fell asleep less than one minute in my comfortable seat. The train departed on schedule, I knew that even I was sleeping.
I suddenly felt someone touching my shoulder softly to wake me up. "What's up?" I thought. A JR staff needed to check my ticket, I showed him my Railway Pass, she said "Thank you so much" in Japanese. Checking tickets on train is a normal practice in Japan. You don't need to be nervous about it even you bought a wrong sort of ticket. What you need to do is to pay for the extra fare immediately, no anyone would blame you if you cooperate with the staff.
After a half hour, we arrived Utazu Station. All passengers were required to get on another train at the opposite platform for going to Matsuyama Station.
"It takes 2 more hours to Matsuyama Station. That's good, I have 2 hours sleeping time."
That train was a bit old, but it wasn't an obstacle for sleeping. Therefore, I slept again in the train. Indeed, I preferred to watch the scene along the track, but everywhere was dark, I just see shadows of trees and houses.
Finally, we arrived at Matsuyama Station on time.
"Where is the Hotel MyStays?" I didn't know the direction. I took out my smartphone- Samsung S7, opened an app, MyPlace, enter its address 1-10-10 Ote-machi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture into the search field, then click the search button.
A location mark appeared to indicate where was the Hotel MyStays. I shrank the map so that I could see both of the location mark and my current location mark (Blue Dot). I made sure the compass was turned on, I rotated myself to make the location mark on the top, my current location mark on the bottom of my phone screen. The compasses in Samsung smartphones aren't always accurate. Therefore, I needed to make cross reference between the real environment and the map to confirm the direction that was correct. After that, I moved the map to make both points in the center line, the head of my smartphone, as well as my face, were for the direction to reach the Hotel MyStays. In case the compass is still inaccurate, you should turn off the compass and find the direction yourself.
I wanted Google Maps to advise me a route to Hotel MyStays, I just needed to touch the location mark once, it would disappeared, the icons of Google Maps Direction and Google Maps appeared. I click the Google Maps Direction icon to switch to use it.
We were pulling 2 travel cases, walking along the unknown street. The street was silent. I rarely saw passersby at that moment. The wheels of baggage cases were very noisy, "Long......long......long......" spreading out over the street. How could I stop the sound? No any method but I felt sorry to other people. " What should we do if we'd got the wrong way? Is there safe for us to walk at about 00:00am?" Many negative thoughts appeared in my mind. "We should take a taxi at mid-night instead of walking, even the distance isn't lengthy."