Shiraishi Island or Shiraishi-jima in Japanese

Today we are visiting a few sights on Shiraishi Island, the tiny island found in the Seto inland sea that the locals have kept unique and almost untouched.

Day 56 – April 28th.

Today we are going to see a diferent side to Shiraishi Island as yesterday we spent a few hours of fun at the Moooo Bar and San-chan’s packpackers with restaurant down by the beach.

The view towards the Moooo Bar and San-chan's "minshuku"

Shiraishi Island, the view towards the Moooo Bar and San-chan’s “minshuku” on the left behind

 

Lucky for us we could sleep in till 7am, then we have breakfast of coffee and a fry up.

The view from my bunk out the port hole, my bunk and then breakfast fry up

The view from my bunk out the port hole, my bunk and then breakfast fry up

 

Once we are all ready to walk through the village past fishing nets hanging out to dry after washing, fishing is an important lifestream for the islanders.

Fishing is a big industry for the islanders

Fishing is a big industry for the islanders

 

After a few minutes walking the ‘Mooo Van’ passes us and stops to give us a lift. Holding on tight we weve are way through the tight streets only just passing the edges by with a few inches to spare.

images from our road trip on Shiraishi Island

images from our road trip on Shiraishi Island

 

Look how close we have to drive to the walls to get by, and the van is not that wide either, the streets are certainly not made for high trafic use that’s for sure.

That's way too close driving through the streets of Shiriaishi Island

That’s way too close driving through the streets of Shiriaishi Island

 

Eventually we arrive at the ‘Bussharito temple’ a Thai style temple on the island, and a place where you can hike up the hill to take in the views around.

Bussharito temple on Shiraishi Island

Bussharito temple on Shiraishi Island

 

Captain, Tom & I climb the small hill (Yoroiiwa) to the top which takes about 15 – 20 minutes and has a few large boulders to get around but no big deal.

The hike up the hill only takes about 15-20 minutes

The hike up the hill only takes about 15-20 minutes

 

A quick selfie from the top…

Selfie from the top of the

Selfie from the top of the Yoroiiwa

 

These are the views from the top and one to the top taken by Moni, if you look close enough you can just see us.

Views from the top of the hill at the  temple

Views from the top of the hill at the Bussharito temple

 

Once we are back down we must walk through the village to the shipping area where we wait until it’s time to catch the water taxi over to another neighbouring island, Manabe Island for lunch at a very special restaurant, one of Captain’s favourites, which can only mean one thing… Very different and special.

The walk back down and through the village

The walk back down and through the village

 

You have to catch the water taxi from the main land to Shiraishi Island and neighbouring islands as it is the only way to get there or by yacht of course.

Shiraishi island water taxi stop

Shiraishi island water taxi

 

We board the water taxi and shoot across the water towards Manabe Island, we are hungry, but knowing that this is a special place i’m sure we will get to sample some very special produce indeed. I’ll continue in the next post as I have lots of photos.

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