It’s day 5 and that means my expensive ferry ride (7400yen, yikes) is finally happening! The ferry is brandnew and was only put in service two weeks ago, on April 21st.
Once arrived on Sado, I was immediately greeted by a lot of green, blue sky and fresh air. It wasn’t entirely fair to Joetsu, because the clouds were drifting from Sado and had almost passed the harbour, but it made my arrival all the more exciting.
Most of Sado’s working population is either in the rice farming or fishing business. There are a lot of small fisher villages that looks very different from anything I’ve seen on Honshu (more pictures in the next blog entry for day 6).
After a while, I arrived in my youth hostel where I had booked a shared room. Both nights, I had a hardcore bicycle enthusiast for a roommate.
Greetings to Zack from Ohio State, who sleeps under the open sky and bikes all across the island. Also greetings to my Japanese companion with whom I had a great conversation all evening long (in Japanese! :D), but I can’t remember his name. He even rode his bike all the way vom Ibaraki prefecture, which is around 300km away.
It was only 1pm, so I decided to go and explore the entire island as much as I could. After a brief exploration of the historic gold mine, which I won’t talk about here because this isn’t a history class (!!11), I went up Osada Skyline – a famous mountain pass that is not only incredible steep, but also rewards its conquerers with views of the entire island. It’s up to 800m high, which is particularly impressive considering that you naturally start at sea level.
Finished the day with some beautiful impressions of the sun setting over rice fields. No description necessary, I think, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.