MY QUESTION: Is there a convenience store near here? HOTEL CLERK: No, there isn't.
(But it turns out that there is a supermarket inside the hotel complex. I bought a bottle of water there. That was all I wanted. Why didn't she mention the supermarket?)
MY QUESTION: How do I get to the Tengu Mountain Ropeway? LADY AT TRAIN STATION INFO DESK: Please take a bus at Platform #3.
(But it turns out that there are two Platform #3's. Why didn't she tell me? We nearly took the wrong bus.)
MY QUESTION: Can we get a tax refund for this later at the airport? LADY AT A GLASSWARE SHOP: You can get it here. MY QUESTION: But can we get it later at the airport? LADY AT A GLASSWARE SHOP: You can get it here. MY QUESTION: (Are you one of those stupid AI systems from the seventies?)
This was my third visit to Otaru. Fourth? No thanks. But we had good food and took good pictures.