final apartment inspection and departure to hiroshima: my one week holiday begins!   4 comments

Tuesday, August 1:  Today is my last day in my Fuchinobe Apartment. In the morning, I meet Graham for coffee and hand over my bicycle. Of course, because I give him my bike, I have to walk 20 minutes home in the rain while he rides the bike home.  I’m sad to let my trusty bicycle go, but at least I know it will have a good home. 🙂

A little before 2:50 p.m., a Westgate administrator knocks on the door for my apartment inspection; to be honest I’m a little put-off by her nosy questions and her overly thorough investigation of my apartment, almost as if she’s looking for an excuse not to return my deposit!  Of course, I have meticulously cleaned it up and don’t leave her any cause to find fault.

 

Tobi’s apartment inspection was right before mine and he said his was easy with no questions asked.  Is it because he is a man and the inspector is a Japanese young woman that he has no problems?  I can’t help but wonder.

After the inspection is over and I collect my $500 deposit, Tobi and I share a taxi to the Fuchinobe station in pouring rain. Soon we’re on the Yokohama Line. He’s on his way to Narita Airport.  I say my goodbyes to him at Shin-Yokohama, where I’ve arrived in plenty of time for my 4:49 p.m. Shinkansen.  It will take me about 3 1/2 hours to get to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen, with an arrival time of 8:26 p.m. I enjoy a small bottle of wine and a Bento box I bought at the station.  This is my first ride on the Shinkansen in my four months in Japan, so it’s very exciting to be speeding along at bullet speed through Japan’s cities and countryside.

From Hiroshima Station, I take bus #24 from 8:39-8:51, directly to Hotel Sunroute Hiroshima. I’m so tired when I get to the hotel that I crash almost immediately.

I had hoped to have one and a half days in Hiroshima, but since Westgate scheduled my apartment inspection for so late today, I will now only have one full day here. I hope to squeeze in Miyajima as well.  

My one week holiday has begun! 🙂

 

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4 responses to “final apartment inspection and departure to hiroshima: my one week holiday begins!

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  1. That was a very tiny apartment – no wonder you spent so much time exploring Tokyo!

    • I guess you missed my first posts about my apartment, Jude. Mike called it a dog kennel and my friend Yukie called it a rabbit hutch. It was fine though, very cozy. I could do anything for 4 months, I guess, except to camp outside!

      • I did see the early posts, but looking at it now all empty, it seems even smaller than then! Did you end up sleeping on the floor? I would never have made it up that ladder.

      • Haha, so funny, Jude, that my apartment seemed smaller empty than when full. It was very tiny, but as I was always on the go, I hardly noticed it.

        I did end up sleeping on the floor. I could never have climbed that ladder, especially with getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom! 🙂

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