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Ate at the Japan Michelin Guide 2012 restaurant - the Uni (sea urchin) don set. It was filled with a lot of uni indeed. Very fresh and texture quite unlike the usual chilled/ frozen variety I get back home in the standard Japanese restaurant. But to be fair, not many places can boast uni picked from the beach "next door".
We rented a bicycle each. Unsurprisingly, it was one of the most expensive ...
Hike and Hana. After a 2 hr ferry ride, finally arrived at Rebun at 8.50am. Decide to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee at the first sighted, and I think is the only, coffee shop near the Kafuka ferry terminal. 350 yen for a small cup. Expensive. But is fresh, tasty and caffeine much needed.
Found the start of the trail quite easily following map given out freely at the information ...
Buying our ferry tickets bright and early at 5.45am!
Do board early since it is free seating - without chairs. The better seats with a cushion backing are the first to be taken up.
There is a standard 'canteen' on the ferry where you can get coffee, drinks and snacks. I would recommend taking along a book or some form of entertainment for this long, steady ferry ride. Not at all bumpy. If you are catching an early ride, like most, you may prefer a blanket as your sleeping ...
... create one entirely around your kid? Who takes their baby out on a three hour hike, anyway? Especially with the howling winds that could easily pick up the kid and blow it right out to sea. Maybe subconscious wishful thinking?
Anyway, the family headed back to the Momoiwa observation point. Here, you find lots of tourists, as it’s bus accessible. You can get a good view of Momoiwa’s backside, but it doesn’t look as peachlike ...
... remote (assuming no one tosses a live cigarette into the wild), but the Japanese do love their infrastructure.
The forest’s main draw seems to be the presence of several ‘famous’ flowers. Of them, Usuyukisou (or Eidelweiss) is in season. But as far as I saw on the trail, they’re limited to just at the marked viewing area, actually behind a row of chemical toilets. This view point also has a really nice overlook of a meadow ...