Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Craft Beer Festival on the Beach on Shiraishi Island July 14-15 #japan #okayama

Come celebrate the return to good weather with a trip to Shiraishi Island over the Sea Day weekend!  Monday is a national holiday (Sea Day), so for the long weekend we've prepared some fun in the sun. See you on the island! 

For more info on Shiraishi Island, including accommodations, see the Moooo! Bar website.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

July is almost here! Shiraishi Island, Japan

Waiting for summer, out front of the Moooo! Bar, Shiraishi Island

It's still the rainy season in Japan but the good news is that the summer starts in July. So be sure to start making your summer plans now for visiting Shiraishi Island. We're back to full time blogging now and will help you uncover the treasures of the Seto Inland Sea!

First up, the International Villa is now being managed by Moyo Muya, a Tanzanian artist. He and his wife Ayumi have moved to the island and plan on making it their permanent home :) There couldn't be a better suited couple to take the reins of the International Villa! I visited the villa yesterday and it was absolutely sparkling clean and Moyo has done a great job with the maintenance. The villa books out quickly in the summertime, so contact shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com to get your reservation in!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pilgrimage season is upon us!

We've had beautiful days on Shiraishi island for May and expect the good weather to continue into June. The Shiraishi Pilgrimage path is also in great shape, but won't be for much longer, I fear, as the rainy season is coming sometime in June when the weeds grow so fast, we won't be able to keep the entire 10km trail clear. But never fear, there are always some sections open for pilgrims and the intrepid can still make it around the whole route. The sooner the better, however!

Some recent photos from the Shiraishi Pilgrimage trail:

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Golden Week on Shiraishi Island (April 29-May 6, 2018) #japan

It's been a long winter but starting tomorrow (Tuesday), the weather will be warming up as we head into the Golden Week Holidays in Japan (April 29-May 6). And this is what the beach looks like! May 6th is the Kairyuji Temple's Spring Kobo Daishi Festival with goma fire ceremony. It's free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Moooo! Bar will be open, the Shiraishi Pilgrimage will be open, and the beach will be all yours! Come out and relax with us.

The International Villa is fully booked for Golden Week, but there are still accommodations available, including the Moooo! House. Check out our Accommodations page or email us at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

See you on the island!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Autumn on Shiraishi Island

Bussharito Festival, Nov. 15

The temperatures have dropped and it's a bit cool these days on the island with the day-time highs around 19 to 20 Celsius. The sun is out most days, however, making the weather perfect for hiking and for taking in those beautiful Seto Inland Sea views!

We just finished the Kobo Daishi 10k Pilgrimage Trail Race at the end of October, so the pilgrimage path is in perfect condition for hiking, and should remain so through the winter. You can download the map from the Shiraishi Pilgrimage Facebook page or buy a hard copy for 300 yen upon arrival on the island.

Nov. 15th is the annual Bussharito Festival, when they open up the crypt in this Thai style temple. It's a great opportunity to see an interesting Japanese Buddhist fire ceremony as well as to inspect the inside of the Bussharito Temple which is said to hold some of the remains of the Buddha.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September on Shiraishi Island, #japan

Early morning on Shiraishi Island

As September begins, we're moving into cooler weather and the low season on Shiraishi Island. The beach is still open, however, and International Villa is open year-round, so come out and enjoy the quiet island life. The Moooo! Bar will be open only on Sundays in September and will close for the season at the end of the month.

 Come out and watch the sunset, have a BBQ on the beach, hike the 400-year-old Shiraishi Pilgrimage or just relax on the deck at the Villa overlooking the Seto Inland Sea.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Smallest Fireworks Festival in Japan is on this weekend, Aug. 26 on Shiraishi Island, #japan #setonaikai #shiraishijima

The Smallest Fireworks Festival in Japan is on this weekend on Shiraishi Island! It's always a great time--the fireworks are launched just off the beach so they're very close! Live bands, African dance. A few rooms still available at Amagiso and Moooo! House. To book, give us a moo at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com
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