|A Year In Japan|
The bus got into Sendai at 5 in the morning and all we could was sit outside and wait for something to open.
In the end we found a McDonalds and sat there for hours, occasionally sleeping. Once we were sure that everything was now opening we made our way into the main station to the tourist information to see what there was to visit.
After agreeing on a plan we caught a bus to the university botanical gardens.
Just after we had found our way into the woods Maddy decided she needed to sleep and lay down in the pagoda and fell asleep. Sukma and I sat chatting until she woke up and we could continue.
Following a not very detailed map we eventually found our way to Sendai castle, which was pretty much just a ruin with a few stones remaining.
After getting as much out of the experience as we could we made our way back to the station by bus for lunch in Ootoya.
Next stop on the list was the tomb of Date Masamune (founder of Sendai) where we spent a few hours.
Having left the tomb site we wandered back to the bus stop, only to find that we had missed the last bus (at about 5:30). In the end we decided there was nothing for it but to catch a taxi back to the station, which cost quite a bit. Once back at the station there was a whole lot of confusion over combinis and getting more money, which I don’t really remember much of. When I finally acquired some more money I dragged Sukma and Maddy into Loft in order to buy some materials for farewell gifts. Then we went to sit in Starbucks with a drink, so I could work on putting together some of the gifts I had bought for people. A couple of hours before we were due to board the bus back to Tokyo we had dinner in McDonalds and then jumped back on the bus.