August 8, 2009

Rebun Island and Souya Cape (August 8th) 《Summer Trip Day 7》

Gentianella auriculata (Chishima Rindou).

After we had breakfast we left the inn for the entrance of a course to Momoiwa (Peach Rock). When we got there the rock was covered with the mists and couldn't see much. We continued the trail to Shiretoko and by the time we got there the sky cleared up again and we saw Rishiri Island across the sea. We took the 13:05 ferry back to Wakkanai and got there at 15:00. First we checked in the Moshiripa YH near the Wakkanai Sta. and left our bags there and took the bus to the northernmost point in Japan, Souya Misaki (Cape). We had only 20 minutes or so at the cape. If you knew what you were looking at, you could see the Sakhalin far away across the sea.

Adenophora triphylla var. japonica (Tsurigane Ninjin).

Haliaeetus albicilla (Ojiro Washi, White-tailed eagle).
We saw this kind of bird a couple of times in this island.

Haliaeetus albicilla (Ojiro Washi, White-tailed eagle).
The way they fly looks so cool!

Oxytropis megalantha (Rebun-sou).

Momoiwa (The Peach Rock).

Oxytropis megalantha (Rebun-sou).

Hedysarum hedysaroides (Chishima Genge).

Parnassia palustris var. palustris (Ezo Umebachi-sou).

Oxytropis megalantha (Rebun-sou).

Oxytropis megalantha (Rebun-sou).
The flowers look up a little...That is the one of the characteristics of this plant.

Trollius ledebourii (Rebun Kinbai-sou)?

Nepeta subsessilis (Misogawa-sou).
Most of them are blue, but this one was pink.

I couldn't find the name of this...

Leontopodium discolor (Rebun Usuyuki-sou).

Rishiri Island... Really an amazing island...
The volcano itself is the island...

Shiretoko lighthouse.

Can you see the Sukoton peninsula?

Rishiri Island and Angelica ursina (Ezo Nyuu).

Nepeta subsessilis (Misogawa-sou) and Rishiri Island.

Rishiri & Rebun islands are famous for their kelp.
They were drying it on the rocks.
They were also drying their clothes on the same rocks, too... Interesting way to dry clothes!

Mertensia naritima subsp. asiatica (Hama Benkei-sou).

The seagulls were riding the ferry, too...with no fare!

The view from the bus on the way to Souya Cape.

The monument at Souya Cape.

"Am I seeing the Sakhalin?"