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!

Written by Tomasz Lisiecki
Hey, my name is Tomasz. I am an open-minded and hard-working individualist living in the ever-raining land called The Great Britain. I am running my own company and a YouTube channel.