Goto Islands, Part 1

From Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four big islands, we took a ferry out to the small chain of islands called Goto for a week of camping. You may remember it from the Kamigoto surfing post a while ago.


Driving onto car ferries is one of our favourite parts of travel. It’s as close as we’ll get in our lifetime to putting a little private flying ship inside a giant interplanetary craft and taking a trip across the stars to explore other worlds.

Sasebo is a busy Naval port, and we saw many unusual ships on the way out of port. (Click on the gallery below to see larger images).

One of the US Navy patrol boats showed off their speed and maneuverability by catching air from the ferry’s big wake.
Looked like a lot of fun. Note the big machine gun on the bow!

Goto Islands appeared out of grey, rainy skies.

The local weather was actually quite lovely, changing frequently.

We followed whatever road seemed interesting, often ending up in situations that were unexpected.

Eventually we found our way back to the coastal roads and went looking for a seafood snack. Click through to see what we found.

The many quiet beaches are perfect for seafood al fresco. (Click on the gallery above to see larger images).

Lots more stories and photos from Goto to come.

3 Replies to “Goto Islands, Part 1”

  1. Keith and Aya: what a wonderful documentation of an amazing trip. You two take make the most of all your trips, enjoying local delicacies, yet making them your own.

    I’m always impressed with where you go, what you make, what you do, and your observations/instructions about all of it. Best blog ever.

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