An Afternoon on Shishijima Island (Simple English)
Living in the Setouchi is perfect for me. Since I was a child, I have always loved the ocean. But, I loved the mountains too. I wondered, “where do I want to live?” In the US, most places have either mountains or beaches, but not both. That’s why I’m so lucky to live in Mitoyo. There are both mountains and beaches.
I was really excited to visit the Setouchi islands. Maybe you already know the reason why. It has many things I enjoy. First, you can ride a ferry. Then, you are on an island. Both of these are great. Also, many islands have mountains. So, you can go hiking and look out over the Setouchi.
Recently, I visited Shishijima Island. It’s one of the Setouchi’s small, inhabited islands, so I wanted to tell you about it.
Traveling to the Island
There are 2 ports that will take you to Shishijima Island, but we decided to use Miyanoshita Port. Not only was it more conveniently located, but it’s also closer to the island.
Miyanoshita Port has a small pier where the ferry to Shishijima Island stops. It’s close to the local community center, called Marine Wave. English information is not available at the pier. There are only a few ferries each day, so you should
check the ferry timetable
before you go.
You can’t buy tickets at the port. Instead, you have to buy tickets on the ferry! There is a ticket vending machine on the boat. There is no English here, either. However, the staff were very friendly. I think they will help anyone who is lost.
The Island’s Silent Protector
Okusu is a little far away from Shishijima Port. You have to walk through many small streets and follow a hard-to-find hiking trail. Follow these turtle signs to Okusu!
The hike was steep and it was hot, so the hike was a lot more difficult than I expected. Still, there was plenty of shade, and we took some breaks, so it was fine. Soon we arrived at Okusu. We came at the perfect time of year. There were hundreds of lilies around the tree!
For a long time, I thought “Okusu” was the tree’s name, but I learned that it means “big camphor tree.” I think it’s a little funny, but maybe it only sounds strange when you change the name to English.
Oh, and also there were so many mosquitoes. I didn’t put on enough bug spray, so…
Taking a Break at the Lookout Point
After hiking to Okusu and taking pictures, we were tired. Luckily, we knew the perfect place to take a break.
After we took a break at Camphor Overlook, we wanted to visit some VIPs.
I didn’t know that goats are cute before I went to Shishijima Island. There were a few baby goats, and they were very cute! They keep the island neat by eating the grass. They are very hard workers!
Learn English Vocabulary
I looked out over the city from Tokyo Sky Tree.
The house is old, but it is still inhabited by a few people.
Convenience stores should always be built in a convenient location.
They went fishing on the pier.
I don’t want to go to the park. Let’s go to the beach instead.
We bought the ferry tickets from a ticket vending machine.
Everyone stood on deck and looked at the ocean.
The cool sea spray hit her face when she drove the motorboat.
The store is in a hard-to-find place behind the shopping mall.
The path is steep and it’s easy to slip, so please be careful!
We have plenty of food. Help yourself.
We took a break in the shade of a large tree.
He bought a bouquet of lilies.
My dog’s paws were muddy after we walked in the park.
The rest spot is a small hut at the top of a hill.
Not everyone is beautiful, but anyone can be neat.