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Gates And a Bridge

Posted by Heliocentrism on January 3, 2016

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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I didn’t even bother to count them.

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.

The Last Photo

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.

A Fancy Bridge

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 TsunoshimaWe sat on some steps and ate our squid while looking at the bridge. Then we headed home.

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Japan
(日本)
(Nippon)

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.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • 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
(千畳敷高原キャンプ場)
(Senjōjiki Kōgen Kyanpuba)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates: 34°24’51.2″N 131°05’26.6″E

Address:

Country Kitchen Yubinbango759-4402
Yamaguchi Prefecture Nagato Hioki in 1138-1

Phone:

  • 0837-37-3824

Websites:

Cost:

  •      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)

  • 11:00~17:00
  • Closed on Thursdays

Notes:

  • 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).
    • Directions
    • 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
(元乃隅稲成神社)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°25’14.6″N 131°03’46.6″E

Address:

Japan, 〒759-4712 山口県長門市, 油谷津黄498

Yuyatsuou, Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Phone:

  • +81 837-23-1137

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • Normal Temple hours

Notes:

  • 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.

Kintai Bridge
(錦帯橋)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates

Address:

1-14-51 Imazumachi
Iwakuni city Yamaguchi, Japan 740-8585

Phone:

  • 0827-29-5116 (Iwakuni Tourism Promotion Division)

Websites:

Cost:

  • 300 JYN to cross the bridge
  • 200 JYN for nearby parking

Hours:

  • Always Open

Notes:

  • 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.

Map:

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Traffic

Posted by Heliocentrism on December 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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It’s too cold to sleep in anyways.

Mark and I woke up early in the morning. Normally we wake up with the sun, even on holidays. We try to sleep in, but we just can’t.

It wouldn’t have matter this day anyway. The couple in the tent next to our friends took it upon themselves to personally get all of us out of our tents to see the sunrise. The South Africans tried so very hard to ignore the couple, but in the end it was just less annoying to get out of their tent and take a few pictures.

This kept them entertained for hours!

After breakfast the boys discovered that food left on the table would be stolen by hawks. The birds would swoop down and grab cookies, meat, or crackers. So they spent most of the morning putting out treats and trying to get the perfect hawk photo.

Of course, once the early-bird couple saw what they were doing they put a stop to it. They were really bossy for people we didn’t know! Later that morning we nearly gave them a standing ovation when they started to, very slowly, pack up their stuff. I just hoped that they were in fact leaving and not moving closer to our tents to keep a better eye on us.

Just a normal day at church.

What we wanted to see was the Motonosumi Inari Shrine. Our friends, who planned this whole trip, somehow thought it was on this island. We drove around looking for the shrine while stopping to check out other stuff on the island too.

We came across a church that was a prop from a movie none of us had heard of. There was nothing inside… or rather, there was no inside.

Yes, I’m wearing a Mr. Sparkle t-shirt.

In our hunt for the shrine, we found free parking near a pizza shop. It was a hot day, so cold drinks and pizza seemed like the perfect things to keep us occupied while Roland figured out where the shrine was. While Mark and I waited for our pizzas, we tried some grilled squid which this island was famous for. It was really good.

The shrine was not on this island. But by the time we realized that, we were eating pizza and didn’t care. We could see the stuff that was on the island, and visit the shrine the next day. The pizzas were pretty good.

No elevator in that thing?

We walked to the lighthouse museum then climbed the stairs to the top of the lighthouse. Personally, I think there were way more people in the lighthouse than there should have been. It was a very tight squeeze. When I had gotten my fill of acrophobia and wanted to come down, I had to wait for a long procession of people coming up the stairs. This thing was clearly built for a small crew.

Who are the suckers, the people in the air-conditioned cars or people passing the cars by walking?

It was a nice day. We were taking things easy. Not even not seeing the shrine got us down. The next thing we had planned was to drive to the other side of the islands one bridge and watch the sunset. It would have been a fully relaxing end to a stress free day.

There is one problem that arises when you have an island that is popular with tourists in the height of tourist season with only one two-lane bridge leading on or off the island. TRAFFIC!! The traffic was so bad, people casually walking strolled right passed us. What should have been a  20 minute ride took us 2 hours. 2 HOURS!!

I wouldn’t say it was worth it.

We did manage to get a few photos of the sunset though. And you can see some of the poor saps still stuck in traffic on the bridge.

But on the bright side, when we got back to the campsite the early-bird couple was gone!

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Japan
(日本)
(Nippon)

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.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • 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.
    • Sometimes 7-Eleven atms work with foreign banks too, if you’re lucky.
  • 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
(千畳敷高原キャンプ場)
(Senjōjiki Kōgen Kyanpuba)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates: 34°24’51.2″N 131°05’26.6″E

Address:

Country Kitchen Yubinbango759-4402
Yamaguchi Prefecture Nagato Hioki in 1138-1

Phone:

  • 0837-37-3824

Websites:

Cost:

  •      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)

  • 11:00~17:00
  • Closed on Thursdays

Notes:

  • 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).
    • Directions
    • 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.

Tsunoshima
(角島) 

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°21’37.7″N 130°52’31.8″E

Websites:

Downloads:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • always avaible

Notes:

  • Traffic gets very heavy during holidays. There is only one bridge to the island.
  • My advice is to park near the bridge, and take a bus to the island. Later in the day, when traffic get really thick, it is literally quicker to walk from the Lighthouse back to your car.
  • From JR Kotti there is a bus to Tsunoshima (20 min).
  • If there is no traffic, I recommend not taking the bus.

Tsunoshima Bridge
(角島大橋)
(Tsunoshima Ohashi)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°21’07.5″N 130°53’14.9″E

Address:

Kanda, Hohoku-cho, Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi-ken

Phone:

  • 083−786−0234 (Hohoku-cho Tourist Association)

Websites:

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • always available

Notes:

  • There is an area near the bridge where you can park for free and take lovely photos of the sunset and the bridge.

Church from the movie:

Miracle in Four Days
(四日間の奇跡)
(Yokkakan no Kiseki)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°21’12.0″N 130°50’57.7″E

Address:

山口県下関市豊北町大字角島1413-1

Phone:

  • 083-786-0477 (Tsunoshima Ohama Campsite)

Websites:

Cost:

  • It’s free to look at the church
  • I can’t find any information on the campsite.

Hours:

  • The church is always available.
  • I can’t find any information on the campsite.

Notes:

  • The church is not a real church. It’s just the shell of a church that was used in a movie.
  • It is near the Tsunishima Campgrounds.

Tsunoshima Lighthouse
(角島灯台)
(tsunoshima tōdai)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°21’09.0″N 130°50’27.5″E

Address:

〒759-5332 山口県下関市豊北町角島2343-2

Phone:

  • 083-231-1111

Websites:

 

Cost:

  • 200 JYN
  • 300 JYN for parking
    • There is free parking by the campsite. Theoretically, you could park and the campsite for free and walk to the lighthouse. But, you might not want to do this on a hot day.

Hours:

  • May – September: 9:30 – 16:30 (Last admittance 16:15)
  • October – April: 9:00 – 16:00 (Last admittance 16:45)

 

Notes:


Tsunoshimaterasu
(角島テラス)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°20’59.6″N 130°50’25.6″E

Address:

山口県 下関市 豊北町大字角島字田ノ尻2899-1

Phone:

  • +81-80-9869-9733

Downloads:

Cost:

  • Dishes are about ¥1,000~¥1,999
  • There is free parking across the street.

Hours:

  • 10:00~18:00

Map:

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The Best Campsite

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 3, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

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It rained all night.

Should I stay or should I go?

When we woke up this morning we had the choice of taking it easy and spending another night here or spending the day driving south to Yamaguchi and spending two nights there. When these options were presented, the ladies and I had just returned from using the bathroom. This bathroom had evidence that someone in the camp was very sick… We wanted to leave.

Breakfast for 6 on a rainy morning

The rain was supposed to stop around noon. We would take a chance and leave in the early afternoon. Even though that seemed like a long shot, it was worth it to pack up a dry tent instead of a wet one.

In the mean time we made breakfast, ate it, and did dishes. Then the plan was to go to the onsen to take showers and then take down the tents that would hopefully be dry by then. But then it stopped raining and the sun came out earlier than expected.

The new plan was to put as many things in the sun so that it could get dried out. Then someone decided to just take down their fly. And then someone decided to just flip over their tent. Then someone decided to just take down their poles. And the next thing I knew we spent an hour drying every thing out and taking down the tents and packing the cars.

So then we went to the onsen, showered, and left town.

Oh wow!

We drove for half a day and ended at this wonderful campsite. Roland had saved the best for last.

We were all glad we didn’t choose to stay 2 nights at that other campsite.

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Japan
(日本)
(Nippon)

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.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan.  Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
  • InternationalATMs 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 whatATMs 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.)

Tamagawa Campsite
(田万川キャンプ場)
(Tamagawa Kyanpujō)

near

Tamagawa Onsen
(田万川温泉憩いの湯 )
(Tamagawa Onsen’ikoinoyu)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates 34°39’09.7″N 131°39’44.3″E

Address:

Campsite: 〒759-3112 山口県萩市江崎

Onsen:

1740-1 Shimotama
Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture 759-3112

Phone:

  • Campsite: 08387-2-1150
  • Onsen: 08387-2-0370

Websites:

Downloads:

Cost:

  • Campsite:
    • 1,000 JYN/ Night / Tent
  • Onsen
    • ¥ 410 / adult
    • ¥ 200-100 / kids

Hours:

  • Campsite:
    • 8: 30 ~ 19: 00
  • Onsen:
    • Closed Mondays
    • 10: 00 ~21: 00 (last admittance 20: 30)

Notes:

  • To check-in at the campsite, go to the front desk of the onsen.
  • This campsite is near or part of Yutori Park Tamagawa.
  • There are no tents to rent.
  • There is also RV camping for ¥ 1,000 per day.
  • I’m not sure it there are showers on the camp grounds, but there is that onsen nearby.

Senjojiki Plateau Campground
(千畳敷高原キャンプ場)
(Senjōjiki Kōgen Kyanpuba)

How to get there:

  • Coordinates: 34°24’51.2″N 131°05’26.6″E

Address:

Country Kitchen Yubinbango759-4402
Yamaguchi Prefecture Nagato Hioki in 1138-1

Phone:

  • 0837-37-3824

Websites:

Cost:

  •      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)

  • 11:00~17:00
  • Closed on Thursdays

Notes:

  • 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).
    • Directions
    • 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.

Map:

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