The last day of owning a car, so I decided to hit the northern parts of the island again and explore the highly recommended beaches. Although I didn’t fulfilled the plan one hundred percent, I still do consider the day successful.
First on my radar was a very secluded Uganzaki beach. It’s enclosed by mountains, high forest and the leading passage that’s narrow and suspicious. I read there is no road sign, which would suggest I have arrived, so I Googled some photos to have some reference with me. After I squeezed through the mysterious forest, carefully climbed down a few rocks and avoided garbage laying all over the place I was presented with an incredible view at the very empty beach all at my disposal. Unfortunately, the council has erected a no swimming sign, but heard it’s just so they have excuse if anything happens. Apparently it’s best known to locals, who use the spot to do snorkeling and admire ever-stretching coral reef.
Then I moved on the most official and the busiest beach here, for a change. Yonehara is known for it’s easily accessible coral reef, which anyone can explore without swimming far into the ocean – it’s literally a few meters from the coast. Waters are shallow, too which only helps younger visitors to enjoy the views with their’s grown up friends. Here I actually spent most of the day, because it was so genius. At some point from the nearby campsite a small kid popped out and yelled at me 外国人！！！, which reads gaikokujin or in english a foreigner or an outsider. A minute hasn’t passed before I realised I was the point of observation for the whole bunch of young children. Strange feeling… Despite of their age, they were brave though and tried to make a conversation in English!
On my way back I had to fuel the car before I could hand it back. The visit on a petrol station was weird, too. First of all there is no self-servicing in Japan. The minute you enter premises, you will have one of the staff shouting Hai! Hai! Hai! while guiding you with a hand to the nearest available bay. You also pre-pay for the service, so you have to kind of predict how it will cost. When the fueling is done, a guy takes a printed receipt to another machine, which then gives back the change, then he runs back to you to hand it over. So complicated… welcome to Japan!