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!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Mist over Mountain Sakura, #shiraishiisland #Okayama, #japan

The view of the mountain sakura (yamazakura) from Myoken Shrine on the Shiraishi Pilgrimage Trail.

It has been raining for a few days on Shiraishi Island, but that doesn't mean there isn't some nice scenery and photo opportunities. Besides, rain can be very relaxing. When it's raining here, you'll find yourself sleeping in just a little longer and reading a book for just another chapter...

Friday, April 03, 2015

"Run with Kobo Daishi" Trail Race, May 6--Deadline for registration April 20

We are now accepting sign ups for the Run with Kobo Daishi 10k Trail Race from this page! Please see the PayPal button at the bottom of the page. When we receive your payment, we will contact you via email. Please note that you may also use this Paypal button to donate to the preservation of the Shiraishi 88-Temple Pilgrimage Trail. Just choose "donate" from the drop-down menu. Deadline for entries is April 20!

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May 6 (Wed), 2015
10k course, two hour-time limit
Limited to 200 runners, open to men and women 18 yrs. or older
Closest JR station is Kasaoka on the Sanyo Kisen line. Five-minute walk to Kasaoka ferry port. Ferry 20 mins to Shiraishi Island.

 Schedule, May 6:
Check-in  .............................9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony………………………….     10:00
Awards Ceremony..........…………………… 14:00
Awards to top 3 males and top 3 females         
Closing Ceremony……………………………   15:00
Event page--(advance registration necessary, deadline April 20 )        
Contact: Juergen Wittstock TEL 048-473-0898 

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Night cherry blossom viewing on Shiraishi Island, #japan

Nighttime cherry blossom viewing, Shiraishi Island

San-chan will be holding his annual cherry blossom party tomorrow, April 5 (Sunday) up at Hiryu Shrine on the side of the mountain (head up towards the Bussharito stupa, then look for a bright green building--the shrine is on the hill behind that). The park surrounding the shrine is an amazing place to view the blossoms. Besides there being lots of cherry trees, there is a vantage point where you can stand above the trees and have the Seto Inland Sea in the background. Makes for amazing photos! 

Also at the park here, you can partake in night-time cherry blossom viewing any night as the park is outfitted in red lanterns. This is one part of Japan where you can do ohanami without the crowds, whether it be day or night. 

See you on Shiraishi Island!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Springtime on Shiraishi Island, #okayama #japan

Heron in the Shiraishi Port

It's April, which means it's time to start updating the Daily Moooo! Blog to tell you everything that's happening, and going to happen, on Shiraishi Island this summer. 

San-chan's cherry blossom party is this Sunday, April 5. The International Villa is filling up for Golden Week at the beginning of May, and the Shiraishi Trail Race is May 6. 
In preparation for the trail race, we have the first Shiraishi Pilgrimage Clean Up on April 12th. If you have time and would like to volunteer for a good cause, come on out and help us revive the Shiraishi Pilgrimage! Questions? Contact shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com. 

The Moooo! Bar has moved 100 meters down the beach this year. As we rebuild, we will consider how big (or small) we want it to be this time! The new rules are that we must take it down off the beach every winter, so that limits us a bit. We'll give you updates as the new Moooo! Bar unfolds. The Moooo! Shop will proceed as usual at the new location. 

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