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….


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on March 23, 2015, in End-to-End of Japan 3000kms and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. It’s quite disconcerting isn’t it? I once bivvied out in Denmark after dark on this lovely grassy flat pitch, only to be woken up by cars whizzing round the huge roundabout we were sleeping on inadvertently.

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