Rain! Every travelers least liked weather type. Perhaps it would be clear after breakfast. We joined about 18 other travelers in the breakfast room with the same priest as yesterday so some of the conversation was the same but some was new. This time he did explain all the foods on our breakfast tray which was good to know.
After packing we checked out. The temple staff leant us umbrellas to use as long as we gave them to the staff at the cable car. A good deal otherwise we had have been soaked on the way to the bus stop. Took the bus to the cable car. Purchased our ongoing tickets to Hashimoto and rushed to catch the cablecar. Only had a short wait and our train arrived. Managed to secure a seat. Here is a photo of the misty scenery near Hashimoto.
Here we left the Nankai railway system and purchased Japan Rail tickets to Wagamaya and then onto a Limited Express to Kii Tanabe. Have included a few photos of the countryside as we travelled. (Apologies for the window reflections in some of them but it gives you an idea of what we saw.)
We noticed these hothouses near Gobo. Clearly it is quite cold here in winter.
We noticed these railway workers at Gobo station. Just like everywhere else, seemingly just standing around rather than working.
This was our first view of the coast near MInabe.
Another one of the coastline as the view changed.
We arrived at Kii Tanabe a bit ahead of schedule so we went into the Tourist Information Centre and the helpful lady gave us a map and directions to our hotel. We had an appointment with her later in the afternoon for a briefing about our walk on the Kumano Kodo. We took our cases up the hill to our hotel. Checked in and after that went out to the attached shopping centre where we purchased a few snacks. We walked back down to The Tourist Information Centre for our briefing from Fumiko, the very helpful tourism officer She was very detailed. She gave us a few options for dinner. After looking for one of them in a maze of small streets and alleys unsuccessfully we found another of her recommended restaurants, Ichyoshi. We ate with Colin for dinner. Karen ate egg and chicken rice. I ate udon noodles with chicken in a soup with a beer. An enjoyable night.