Gates And a Bridge
Posted by Heliocentrism on January 3, 2016
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
On the last day of our big camping trip we saw Motonosumi Inari Shrine. It’s a foxy little shrine with a great view of the sea. We took lots of photos here. But, no matter how many I took, I didn’t get one picture that look as nice as the one in the Yamaguchi tourism ads.
But we could not stay long. Two of the group had to drive all the way back to Oita prefecture. We said our goodbyes to the best camping friends we had. We had been camping with Freda and Roland for the past 4 years. They would be leaving Japan the next July and heading back to South Africa.
Hopefully, we’ll see them again in their hometown one day.
Kintai bridge was only slightly out of our way, so Mark and I went to see it. We walked around the town a bit, but it was clear that the bridge was the main attraction of the town.
We bought a grilled squid, which was not as good as the grilled squid from Tsunoshima. We sat on some steps and ate our squid while looking at the bridge. Then we headed home.
How to get there:
You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.
Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.
- Emergency Numbers:
- Police 110
- Ambulance and Fire 119
- Important phone numbers to know while in Japan
- Comfort Woman
- The Commoner
- Empire of the Sun
- Flyboys: A True Story of Courage
- Geisha, a Life
- Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II’s Most Dramatic Mission
- The Last Concubine
- Memoirs of a Geisha
- Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
- Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
- Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan. Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
- International ATMs are really hard to find; more so if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards. Take cash and call your bank to ask what ATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
- ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
- The Post Office bank seems to work with the most international cards.
- You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan; I’ve never been a tourist here.)
Senjojiki Plateau Campground
(Senjōjiki Kōgen Kyanpuba)
- Coordinates: 34°24’51.2″N 131°05’26.6″E
Yamaguchi Prefecture Nagato Hioki in 1138-1
- 1-5 people: 500 yen / night
- 6-10 people: 800 yen / night
- 11-30 people: 1,200 yen / night
- 31-50 people: 1,800 yen / night
- 51-70 people: 2,500 yen / night
- 71 or more people: 3,000 yen / night
- day camp is free
Hours: (Country Kitchen’s hour’s)
- Closed on Thursdays
- To check-in the camp ground, go to the coffee shop, Country Kitchen. It’s at the top of the hill.
- Staying at the campsite gives you a discount at the coffee shop. But, I’m not sure what this discount is. I think it might be 100 yen off a waffle or something.
- There are no showers at the campsite itself.
- There is an onsen nearby (Kiwado Hot Spring/ 黄波戸温泉).
- Coordinates: 34°23’46.2″N 131°07’55.3″E
- ¥ 400 – adults
- Closed Mondays
- 10:00 to 21:00 (May-August)
- 10:00 to 20:00 (September to April)
- A small towel comes with the entrance fee, but you might want to bring your own regular sized towel.
- Phone: 0837-37-4320
- During the holidays, all the toilet paper gets used up by day campers. You should bring some TP of your own for the evenings.
Motonosumi Inari Shrine
- Coordinates 34°25’14.6″N 131°03’46.6″E
Japan, 〒759-4712 山口県長門市, 油谷津黄498
Yuyatsuou, Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
- +81 837-23-1137
- Normal Temple hours
- There is free parking in an open lot across the street.
- The coin box, where you would put your temple offerings, is on the top of entrance torii. If you can throw your coins into the box, your wish will be granted.
How to get there:
Iwakuni city Yamaguchi, Japan 740-8585
- 0827-29-5116 (Iwakuni Tourism Promotion Division)
- 300 JYN to cross the bridge
- 200 JYN for nearby parking
- Always Open
- In August there are fireworks displays at night.
- At night the bridge is illuminated.
- There are many food vendors around the bridge in the afternoon and evenings.
- You can also enjoy traditional cormorant fishing near the bridge, but have no information about that.