Wednesday, June 03, 2015

June on Shiraishi Island, #japan

The Shiraishi International Villa offers 5 rooms and a shared living room and kitchen. Western toilets and showers as well as a Japanese style bath are also available.

It's June and the weather is perfect on the island! It's a great season for kayaking and hiking. The villa is filling up fast for the summer, however. Please be aware that the following dates are fully booked already:

June 5, 6, 20, 25
July 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 31
August 1, 5, 6, 7, 12-17, 21, 22

We can still book you into other places on the island if the villa is full on the dates you've requested. Just send us an email at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

See you on the island!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Shiriaishi Yacht Race July 5, 2015! #japan #setoinlandsea

If you're here July 4-5 there will be lots of yachts at the new port as sailors come from all over the Inland Sea for the 29th Shiraishi Yacht Race. Come join the fun and hobknob with the yachties at San-chan's bar!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Photos and Results--Kobo Daishi 10K Trail Race, Shiraishi Island, #japan

Highlights from the inaugural Run with Kobo Daishi 10km Trail Race, held May 6, 2015 on Shiraishi Island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. Sponsored by Alishan/Tengu Foods and the Moooo! Bar.

Explanation before the race

Scenes from the 10km trail course....

One person ran in a henro outfit!

There were some obstacles on the course, such as this rope to descend

The route passes many Buddhist deities...

And of course, great views!

Mens Winners: First place 47:39 Tanigawa-san, Second place 48:18 Paul Walsh,  Third place 52:00 Asano-san, Fourth Place 52:46 Kishikawa-san, Fifth place 52:51 Ueoka-san, Sixth Place 52:52 Toda-san

Womens Winners: First Place 1:06:50 Watanabe-san, Second Place 1:11:27 Tamemoto-san, Third Place 1:13:32 Kodani-san

Congratulations everyone on a great Trail Race! Our Inaugural Run with Kobo Daishi 10k Trail Race was a huge success! See you next year....

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New ferry schedule to Shiraishi Island, #japan

New ferry schedule to Shiraishi Island from Honshu! The most important change is that the last ferry of the day from Kasaoka to Shiraishi leaves at 5:50 pm now, rather than 6:00 pm.

As of May 20, the following schedule is in effect for car ferries and passenger ferries to Shiraishi Island.

Sanyo Kisen Passenger Ferry (leaves from Kasaoka port, behind Kasaoka JR Station)

Express 1,150 yen (about 20 mins)
Regular 660 yen (about 40 mins)

Kasaoka to Shiraishi: 
7:25 am,  8:10, 9:10, 11:20, 12:30, 14:20, 16:30, 17:50

Shiraishi to Kasaoka: 
7:15 am, 8:37,  9:50, 12:02, 13:52, 15:55, 17:05, 17:42

Car ferries
All car ferries leave from Fushigoe Port, a 10 min. walk from Kasaoka JR station.

Sanyo Car Ferry (also takes passengers) About 40 mins.
Car ferry 530 yen

Kasaoka for Shiraishi (direct):
9:00, 11:00, 14:40, 17:00

Shiraishi to Kasaoka (direct):
7:55, 10:00, 13:35, 16:00

Kaneburomaru Car Ferry (Fuji Line) (also takes passengers) About 40 mins.

540 yen

Kasaoka to Shiraishi (direct):
9:25, 15:25

Shiraishi to Kasaoka (direct):
8:39, 11:01, 14:32

Monday, April 13, 2015

View from the trail, Shiraishi Island, #japan #setonaikai

 View from the trail race course on Shiraishi Island

Thanks to Greenbird Okayama, a group of volunteers who clean up their prefecture on weekends, we were able to clean all the trails last weekend for the up-coming Shiraishi Pilgrimage "Run with Kobo Daishi" Trail Race on May 6. More information here!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The last cherry blossoms of the year...#shiraishiisland #japan

We had the last of the night-cherry blossom viewing last evening on Shiraishi Island. With rain in the forecast, they'll probably be gone by the end of the weekend. Sniffles...

Monday, April 06, 2015

Cherry blossoms over the Seto Inland Sea, #japan

The view from Hiryu Shrine, with Shiraishi Port in the distance.

The weather is finally breaking and it looks like we'll still have a few more days to party with the blossoms! Enjoy the season while it lasts.

We have the first Shiraishi Pilgrimage Trail Clean-up this Sunday, April 12. To volunteer, email us at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com Hope to see you there!
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