Gerri is buying our ferry tickets for our voyage of just under 4 hours from Kagoshima to Yakushima Island.
...leaving on a diesel boat, don't know when I'll be back again...
The ferry provided this very useful brochure that would guide us around the island.
Hooray, the weather is fantastic for a longish ferry ride.
Other "aquatic life" is out and about.
We approach Yakushima Island...
...and getting closer yet.
Just like that, we're now in another rental car, heading to some sights.
This beach almost reminds us of home...except for the baby mountains...
...even an excavator is out enjoying the white sand and blue waters.
Can't decide to select out any of these photos of green, blue, and taupe.
The interior of the island is a rocky mountainous zone.
Our sporty Mazda we'll enjoy for few days, now parked at the spot to see the grand lighthouse.
To me, this looks like a humungous turtle head resting up upon the rocky shoreline. For you Japanese Monster movie buffs, no this is not the lair of Gamera, but where Mothra came to supersize herself with the help of the eternal forest.
Here's a nice way to travel the miles, scooters fitted for the long haul, now at the local supermarket with us stocking up on snacks.
A dinner of flying fish is served, complete with instructions for us foreigners on how to eat it.
Our lodging on the island, a half-timbered English cottage.