Last weekend, TUJ had another one of its overnight trips. This time, we visited an island about an hour and a half away from Tokyo called Hatsushima. We had to take many trains, a taxi, and even a boat to get to our final destination: the island!
After taking a few train transfers, we finally made it to the dock to set off. Like every TUJ activity so far, the weather was rainy and gloomy, but that didn’t keep the group from enjoying the island.
One thing that was noticeable getting off from the boat was the smell. There was no ocean smell at all! According to our guides, this is because the water in this area is not polluted and is very clear. If it had been warmer and a clearer day, it would have been tempting to jump right in!
TUJ students Kelly Holloran, Alex Herraiz, and Mike Fournier check out the map of the island. The TUJ group was staying at the resort in the center of the island, but there actually are about 200 residents who live on the island all year!
The groups heads towards the days events: a zipline adventure and grilling our own barbeque.
Even on the island, some sakura were still popping out from the trees. During the trip, it was towards the end of the season, so many blossoms had fallen or faded.
The next activity included an adventure course and zipline. TUJ Oona Murphy comes to a running halt down the zipline.
Temple Japan student Yanan Shen shouts going down the zipline.
TUJ student Nick Watanabe cheers on his fellow classmate Dina Pakstis as she takes on the adventure course.
The adventure course was high up in the air, involving balancing on ropes, stepping from wood plank to plank, and sliding down the zipline. TUJ student Jacqueline Barnes seems to have no problems at all, especially since all the students were hooked into ropes and harnesses so that there was no immediate risk of falling.
At the end of the night, our guides provided us with some beef, chicken, vegetables, and tons of seafood. Thankfully, Temple Japan Jacqueline Barnes knew just how to cook each and every item to perfection.
For the evening, the group was split up and assigned to different trailers. Each trailer had an actually comfy bed for each person, private bathrooms, and HEAT. Thankfully, the second day of the trip was much sunnier than the previous day.
Now that we were able to see the island in sunlight, it was easy to see was this destination was considered a resort. It was also almost 80 degrees Fahrenheit that day as well.
On the second day, the water was so clear to see. While waiting for the boat, we even managed to spot a chain morray eel in the harbor, along with some other brightly colored fish.
The group awaits for the boat to take us back to mainland and to board the bus. From there, we would visit our other destinations before returning to Tokyo.
Our first stop on the bus was probably the most magical. We stopped at one of the best places in the area to see some sakura. They were still brightly colored and in bloom when we arrived. Temple Japan students Alex Herraiz and Kelly Holloran thought it would be a great place to snap a photo.
Our second stop after seeing the sakura was a waterfall along the way. This area was well known for their wasabi, and even had wasabi ice cream to eat!
Our final stop before returning to Tokyo was a strawberry farm. We were allowed to pick and eat as many strawberries as we pleased, in the 30 minutes we had.
The strawberries here were free of any bugs (they smoked out the area so that the bugs were out, and the strawberries were safe). They were also the sweetest I’ve ever tasted, and the reddest I’ve ever seen.
Temple Japan student Dina Pakstis chomps down on her 100th some strawberry, that become quite addicting after just one bite.
Although the weather did not cooperate yet again, Hatsushima was surprisingly pleasant, and has some things that certainly need to be seen when in Japan.