Kenta-san's Travel Bookmarks
|8:00||Departure from Hotel|
|11:45||Break for lunch "Mejika-ya"|
|14:00||Rest at "Kashiwa Island Tourist Information Center"|
|16:30||Arrival at Hotel "Akisawa Hotel"|
DAY 9 is over!
Change of itinerary and hit the road!
Start of day 9 from Ushirogawa
Start along the "Ushiro-gawa" River, which flows on the north side of the Shimanto River. After about 1.5 km, the river joins the Shimanto River. Up to this point, there was almost no traffic and we were able to ride comfortably on a clean road surface. Our original plan was to circle Cape Ashizuri, the southernmost point of Shikoku, from Tosashimizu, 30 km away, but we decided to cut out Cape Ashizuri in order to extend our trip to Kashiwa Island, where we had heard a lot of good reviews.
White sandy beach, blue sea
Driving on National Route 321, you can look down at the "Oki Coast." The pure white sandy beach gently curves, and people are enjoying surfing and barbecuing.
The presence of Aonori (=green laver or seaweed) steals the spotlight from the udon
Because of the change in our itinerary, we also changed our original lunch plan. We had lunch at "Mejika-ya," an udon shop along Route 321. We were a little puzzled by the "Aonori Udon" (green laver udon), which uses an unbelievable amount of Shimanto River green laver.
Otherworldly and suspicious buildings
Across the street from the Mejika-ya are some suspicious-looking ruins. The signboard read "Coral Museum" in a dilapidated Chinese-style building. It was as if time had stopped, and for a moment I forgot that I was in Japan.
Breathtaking in its beauty!
Emerald green sea
Kashiwa-jima Island has received many submissions as a recommended spot, and residents in the neighborhood also say that the water near this island is exceptional. There is a bridge from the Shikoku mainland to Kashiwa-jima, but the clarity of the water under this bridge is beyond beautiful. It's very rare to see such emerald green water, so I couldn't help but take a picture of it. It is said that the island is crowded with bathers and divers on weekends, which is understandable.
Bento lunch on a quiet island
Kashiwa Island Tourism Information Center & Micchan Bento
Almost all stores on the island were temporarily closed. We stopped at the Kashiwa Island Tourism Information Center, which was still open, for a rest, and bought lunch at a nearby bento shop. As the name suggests, the "Micchan bento" is a handmade bento made by cafe Micchan's owner. Micchan is inspired by recipes she sees on TV and turns them into her bento the next day. It has a homey and comforting taste and a good quantity for only 400 yen!
Arrival at the inn!
Arrive at today's lodging, the Akisawa Hotel. Facilities are perfect, with a bicycle room next to the lobby and a laundry inside the hotel. The price is reasonable at 5,000 yen including breakfast.
Save Point (Yakiniku) to gather information for tomorrow
Since we had been eating fish continuously, we had dinner at a yakiniku restaurant right next to the hotel today. Both the owner and the customers were friendly, and we had a lot of fun together. (When I asked them later, they seemed to think Kenta-san was a university student.) We were able to get some information about the next day's course.
Where we stayed
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About the Day 9 route
A day touring the southern end of Shikoku from Nakamura, Shimanto City. After joining the Shimanto River along the Go River and crossing the Shimanto Ohashi Bridge, we turned onto Route 321, which runs parallel to the river. Traveling further south, the route turns west from Tosashimizu City. After visiting Kashiwa-jima Island, the route heads north to the goal in Tsukumo City.
Distance traveled: 112 km
Elevation Gain: 895m
Travel time: 8 hours and 30 minutes
Weather : fine
Today's side-trip video