Last month, I had another random day off, this time 敬老の日, “Respect-for-the-Aged Day.” I still hadn’t met that many of the new people on JET and didn’t know what to do, but it was a beautiful day, so I decided to check out a nearby beach in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
[Pictures taken Sept. 16, 2013]
I took the train (Sanyo Line) to get to the beach. It takes 16 minutes to get from Iwakuni to Yuu (add 5 minutes to that plus 4-6 mins transfer time to come from Waki). I got off at Yuu Station and then walked for I think about a half hour to get to the beach (I used Google Maps on my phone, and stopped at 7-11 for a snack). I walk Yamaguchi, I don’t drive it (haha). I found a bus waiting there and took that back, but it was a lot more expensive because it winds up and down a lot of places before arriving back at Iwakuni Station (￥580 for the bus, I think, and ￥320 for the train).
The water was cold, but this was just a really nice beach. The air was very clear and the wind was blowing hard because we’d just had a typhoon.
While I was walking there, I ran into someone who is a student of another English teacher I know, and we had a short conversation. It’s a small English teacher world…
In back, there’s an area with bathrooms, a place to wash your feet, and plenty of places to sit and eat–I heard music playing over the speakers there, too. The beach has a small cafeteria, vending machines, and a place off to the side selling soft serve ice cream (which I tried).
I think this would be a fun place to bring kids to. I don’t have kids, so…it was a nice place to walk in the sand (haha).
I think it’d probably make a good place to go for a picnic with friends! Maybe sometime I’ll have the chance to go back.