From our place to Suma, it is about an hour on the train.
We stopped at Suma Rikyu Park to check out their fall foliage.
The last time I was at this park was back in 2011 with my host mom. There wasn't anything blooming at the time, so it was nice to come back to see the rose garden as well as the autumn leaves.
A couple of stops from the Suma Rikyu Park is Maiko.
This is where we caught the highway bus over the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to take us over to Awajishima.
You literally have to go up on top of the bridge to get the bus, boy was that escalator steep!
About 10 minutes later you arrive on the other side of the bridge.
The view from the parking area is breathtaking. There is also a Starbucks that gazes at this view too!
Satoshi had a vanilla-chocolate soft serve, while I tried the Awaji Mojio (a type of sea salt) soft serve, my cone was a waffle cone and there was also a little scoop of sweet bean paste. The sweet-salty combination was delicious, the soft serve actually reminded me more of butter.
After finding our pension, we went to explore the port area.
There is a tiny island called Eshima which is believed to be the first island of Japan. There is a little folk story about it.
"At the beginning there was only one god sitting in the center of the Universe.
The Sky and Earth separated, appearing in human form as man and woman respectively. The first man, Izanagi, and the first woman, Izanami, descendants of the god above, got married and gave birth to all the Japanese islands and gods. Sadly, the last offspring was the Fire God, who caused his mother's death by fire.
They say that the first island born from this celestial couple was Eshima, near Awaji island."
The island is made of sand stone so it has a different feel to it.
The pension had a great view of the bay and the bridge. The lights on the bridge change every hour or so. You can even view the bridge from the bath area of the pension!
Dinner was fish...
lots of fish...
served all sorts of ways...
Awajishima is known for having delicious onions...this onion soup was so comforting and delicious!
Satoshi also ordered us some steak for dinner...we over-ordered...
Dinner ended with a scoop of ice cream...we were so full, it wasn't funny...
It was a great day, lots of walking and lots of eating....
Pension Pearl Shine