Nagasaki

I left Fukuoka early in the morning and aimed for some ruins of WW2 roughly 110kms ride away. I usually try to avoid the mountains but this time I was glad I chose to go the mountain route.

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First Toll Road in Japan (Y30)

I eventually arrived at my destination, Kawatana Human Torpedo Training Place (魚雷発射試験場 探信儀領収試験場) and had a look around, the water was so crystal clear and full of fish. So I grabbed my snorkel set and jumped in just before the sun set. It would have been an amazing snorkel, however it was packed full of scary looking jellyfish so I didn’t venture too far.

I ended up sleeping in one of the ruins that night but man it was hot.

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I woke up around 5am and jumped out of the tent. I felt 1 sprinkle of rain and then a few more that morning. I put my tent away like a mad man before it got wet and was on the road in a typhoon like downpour. I stopped a few kms outside of Nagasaki for a ¥1,100 ($13) all you can eat buffet.

I visited a few of the usual attractions in Nagasaki. The peace park, the bomb museum and the cathedral.

Then I made my way to meet Wally at my warm showers host. Man… They were weird.

  1. They were going to make me sleep on the porch outside
  2. I was not able to have a shower
  3. They offered to do laundry, then suggested some coin laundries
  4. They don’t have a bedroom but a massive room for their bicycles
  5. ‘If they are not educated how do I know if they are honest people’
  6. ‘I’m having my coworkers over to bake a cheesecake this Friday ‘ – the guy. ‘In Holland we would usually have our coworkers over to drink some beer’ – Wally
  7. They gave me a stamp coupon thing which the last stamp was from 2008. It’s 2018 now….

I could literally keep going. So decided to stay with Wally at the internet cafe for all you can eat ice cream and to play some darts and billiards.

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The next morning we went to mass at the cathedral. I was surprised how literal the translations were into Japanese.

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I next went to catch my ferry to Gunkanjima – the inspiration behind the deserted island in ‘Skyfall’. However this was one of the biggest disappointments thus far. I paid $50ish to get all the way out there then the waves were too rough so we couldn’t land. Expecting my $50 back, or a chance to go another day, I ended up with a small envelope containing ¥670 (less than $10). Outrage.

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This island was basically the only reason I came to Nagasaki as when Dan and I came here 4 years ago the waves were also too rough, but we did not even board the boat.

So I brooded around for a while and ended up meeting up with Wally and his couch surfer (Evi) who kindly let me stay the night as well. We cooked pasta, played cards and had a great time.

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