Day 4: Car Camping - Kyushu, Japan Edition

In this 8 part series, we present voice recordings and tidbits taken during our car camping adventure on the island of Kyushu, Japan. You'll get to see and hear what we saw each day and how we felt about it. We did not edit the voice recordings or photos so you can really get a sense of how we were feeling and what we experienced on this trip. We hope you enjoy these experiences as much as we did! 



A really long drive sort of along the coast driving through what felt like American suburbs with a Japanese flair. This was sort of soul crushing as we just really wanted to be near the water the entire time, but were surrounded by warehouse buildings instead. We finally arrived at our destination - the Maruno Parking Lot. I read a blog post mentioning some really amazing walks in this area and this did not disappoint. We needed to shorten our wander along the river since we got here so late, but gosh, it was such a lovely walk. Waterfalls, boulders, trees, everything that I love in a good walk. Then we decided to drive a bit further south to see the Udo Jingu Shrine which is built into the cliffside. Happily due to our late arrival the place was mostly empty of visitors. We wandered around and gawked at the incredible location and beauty of this place then tried our luck at tossing some fortune stones into the depression in a boulder in the sea. Sadly, none of our lucky biscuits made it in, but I still feel that I had great fortune in being there. Our day ended parked in a tsunami refuge parking lot where we made some dinner and were visited by two of the nicest police you will ever meet. They were so curious about us and what we were doing, but a language barrier kept us to as few words as possible. 

Highlights include: Amazing sleep last night - no freezing!, Drove to a parking lot to the entrance of some trails, another stop at 7-Eleven and another 4 chances to win prizes (Zac's picks won two free beers and Jill's won nothing), at the parking lot there was a totally bizarre papier mache creature, gorgeous and easy walk along a lovely river with some falls, drove further south to the Udo Jingu Shrine built into the cliffside where we each tried our hands at throwing clay biscuits into a recess of a boulder out in the sea, parked in the tsunami refuge area for sleeping tonight where we were visited by some local police investigating our documents

Car Camping Japan Day 4 Photo Roundup

This is the fourth post in a series of 8 posts covering each day of our car camping Kyushu adventure. We really hope you enjoy them! If you would like to see all of them in one place, find them listed below.