|Fukuura Bridge 福浦橋|
|Some sightseeing spots on the island.|
Access to the island isn't free unfortunately. There is a Y200 bridge toll (about $2.50) which is, in my opinion, very much worth it. There isn't much to actually see on the island itself, but the views of the bay from the island are well worth a measly $2.50.
|The trails are even paved for the most part!|
On a side note, there is a little building (guard station?) on the mainland side of the bridge were the toll is paid and they sell soft ice cream (ソフトクリーム) inside and it is delicious. Almost any tourist attraction in the Japanese countryside has a soft ice cream vendor present and it is consistently good throughout the country. Some places even have local flavors like black sesame and blueberry. I think on this particular day we had strawberry, which is not my favorite, but I'll take anything cold on a stick or in a cone in July in Japan.
|Some island-to-island sightseeing.|
|A map of the island.|
|One of the only structures on the island, this cafe sells beer, sake, and ice cream, among other things.|
We saw the bay from a boat, ate some 牛タン and saw the bay from 福浦島. We enjoyed our day out in Matsushima very much and I would love to go again sometime and maybe even set foot on some of those residential islands and take a peek at what life is like for the people there.
BUT! Our journey has only just begun! We drove across Tochigi Prefecture, up through Fukushima Prefecture, and then to the coast to meet Mayumi's grandparents. We spent the night in a love hotel in Sendai, fed some crazy seagulls pringles, then fed ourselves some cow tongues. What lies next for this crazy adventure?! You'll just have to wait and see.
|Fukuura Bridge, as seen from a small peninsula of Fukuura Island.|
|One of many trails on Fukuura Island.|
|The most open space on the island, with a little pavilion structure.|
|A boat, passing yet another island in the bay.|
|Heading back across the bridge to town.|