When I stayed in Tokyo for training and after I started officially flying, I was pretty game to go out, especially venturing into the outskirts.
But after some time, I started going out lesser to save money and it kind of became a habit. Instead of Japan being a place to explore, it became my second home where I either went to climb, to the nearby malls or just stayed in. Going to town filled me with dread.
Now, faced with the possibility of leaving my job, I decided to take advantage of this ‘unicorn turn’ (so named coz it’s very rare we have an extra clear day in the middle of a turn) to explore again. After some intense Googling, I settled on Jogashima.
I fell sick the night before and felt so awful I considered bailing (even though the whole trip was my idea!!!) but I think I would have slapped myself if I let this rare chance slip by. Thankfully I flew with two other crew who were just awesome ❤
We took a train from our hotel to Shinagawa Station, where we transferred to the Keikyu Line for the Misakiguchi-bound train. From Shinagawa to Misakiguchi it’s about 1.5 hours. There’s only one exit at the station, the bus stop is a little on the left when you come out. We basically followed the crowd but make sure the bus you get on says “Jogashima” on the back. There’s another bus that goes to Misaki Port.
I wanted to take pictures so I can explain clearer but I was starting to feel sick again by then so, sorry 😦
First proper view of the sea and first proper breath of fresh sea air. I swear breathing in all that air really made me feel better.
After leaving the lighthouse, we decided to wander out on to the rocks and that’s when my friend spotted Umanose-domon from afar, so we started to excitedly pick our way across the rocks to it.
This is basically the kind of ground we had to cross, it’s fine with sneakers, but there’s actually a proper route on firm ground that leads there as well.
I LOVE ROCKS. The shape is naturally formed through erosion from the waves, and I think eventually it might be gone altogether. Grateful I got the chance to see it before that happens!
Please don’t hog the place to take a whole solo photoshoot, because that’s what happened when we were there. Two tourists happily took their own sweet time taking photos and a queue had formed behind us.
From one of the observation decks at the Kenritsu Jogashima Park.
Btw, they have this pass called Misaki Maguro ticket/kippu (which we didn’t get that day, and it actually turned out to be a good thing). It covers bus fare, a meal at 30+ participating restaurants and access to a leisure facility. You can get more info here.
If you don’t already know, maguro is Japanese for tuna, which this place is famous for. A majority of the restaurants sell raw tuna, and might not have any cooked food so please take note if you are not a fan of raw food or just cannot eat raw food.
We stopped at this restaurant called 三崎館支店 香花(Misakikanshiten) mainly because we were so enchanted by the little grandma standing outside waving us in (it’s a damn clever marketing ploy la). But the food was GOOD. They are one of the participating restaurants for the Misaki Maguro ticket I assume, coz she asked us if we had it.
They did have this dish though, without anything raw.
They actually wrote on their menu that the children’s meal is only for those 12 years old and below.. but my friend told the man who took our order that I’m sick and just want a small portion and he relented and said “ok, if anyone asks just say you are a child” HAHAHA 😂
I could only stomach two pieces of the fried tuna, and half the miso soup because I was afraid if I ate too much it would all come back up. But the tuna, miso soup and mugi cha was DAMN BOMB.
I paid ¥864 for my kiddy meal, but please expect to pay at least ¥2,000 for a full set meal. I don’t know but I’m pretty sure the Misaki Maguro ticket will not include a full set meal.
The waves ❤️
Anyway, why I said it was a good thing we didn’t get the ticket is because out of the 3 of us that day, I was sick and didn’t dare to eat anything raw, another one of us isn’t a fan of raw food and we actually spent so much time wandering around the island that I think we wouldn’t have had enough time to check out their leisure facilities.
By the time we finished our late lunch/early dinner, it was 5+pm but the town was already pretty quiet and deserted.
But if you eat raw food and plan your trip well, you could consider getting the ticket!
Ok I did not expect this to be such a long post.