Ondo town is both small and big at the same time. It’s made from many small areas spread around the island. By the end of my first week here, I was determined to explore the island in more detail on my day off. The problem was how to do it.
I didn’t have a car.
Walking would take forever.
But the guest house had an electric bike. Problem solved!
I left around 9 AM and rode to my first destination, Ourasaki beach. I was a little nervous at first riding on unknown roads. Still, once I had built up momentum, I started to relax. Twenty minutes later, I arrived at the sunny local beach.
Sitting down in the soft golden sand to take a break and eat breakfast, I watched fishermen cast their lines and boats sailing across the beautiful Seto inner sea. The calm scene was the perfect start to my trip.
Once I had finished my breakfast, I headed to Hatami Hachiman Yama, a local shrine close to the beach.
Located at the top of a hill, It has the deity of Ondo town enshrined in it. I reached the top of the stairs to see a beautiful view of islands peeking out from the glimmering ocean. I took a moment for quiet meditation before heading off again.
Because the main road had a lot of traffic, I decided to take a side road. As I was riding, I saw a cute coffee shop named “Silk.”