Japan day 1
Japan day 1
Kanoya-Cape Sata 68kms
Getting to the end of a narrow unpopulated peninsula will always present some challenges, but to reach the most southerly tip of Japan, Sata Misaki (Cape Sata) added a 1km trek on foot over steep mountain tracks. It was late in the afternoon, just before sunset, but there were still a few ‘pilgrims’ there, happy to take a photo for this mad gaijin (foreigner).
Once I had given them the idea, they all wanted their photos taken with the lighthouse in the background.
All that done, I then had an urgent need to find somewhere to pitch my tent….darkness was descending fast. 5 kms back down the road, the perfect spot presented itself…..by a small harbour, with a drinks vending machine (which dispensed me a ring-pull can of hot coffee) and a sanitary block. What more could I ask for……and no pitch fee. Not exactly wild camping, but ‘free camping’ nevertheless. I fell asleep to the sound of waves lapping against boats…….could it get any better?
…..but of course every perfect experience can be interrupted from time to time. At 5am, I was awoken by the sound of car doors banging, glaring headlights and animated voices. I thought….has sleep gone out of fashion in Japan? No ordinary gathering of trippers this….there were about 60 eager deep sea fishermen awaiting their trawler tugs to take them out for a day on the deep blue. They had all the (expensive) kit.
And, btw, a kind young navy chap used his smartphone to find me a motorcycle shop that could supply the missing bolt……and he walked me there to make sure I found it. Just one of several kindnesses already shown me in my first 24 hours in Japan. I’m already impressed….