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Chapter #3: 礼文島 (Rebun Island)

北海道 (Hokkaidō Prefecture) | Days: 6-8

Day 6: ハートランドフェリー (Heartland Ferry) and 桃岩荘ユースホステル (Momoiwasō Youth Hostel)

"Staff member places hands on his junk
皆さんは今窓の外にあなたの恥を投げます!"

Today we travelled to perhaps the single most beautiful place I’ve ever had the pleasure to set foot. We departed from the NW corner of Hokkaidō, 稚内 (Wakkanai), via the ハートランドフェリー (Heartland Ferry) to the breathtaking island of 礼文 (Rebun), and what was waiting for us upon our arrival at 香深港 (Kafuka Port) was nothing short of incredible.

When I say that there is nothing in the world that can prepare you for your stay at 桃岩荘ユースホステル (Momoiwasō Youth Hostel), I want you to understand my full meaning. You will sing, you will dance, you will clean, you will perform, you will learn, you will laugh; in short, you’ll have yet another unforgettable experience unlike anything you might come across in Japan.

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Don’t believe me? Go grab the nearest Japanese dictionary and I guarantee that if you look up the word ‘元気’ you will discover the 桃岩荘 staff smiling right back at you.


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Day 7: 8時間 (“Hachijikan” 8-Hour Hike)

"ATTENTION: THE BUS FOR THE 8時間 LEAVES AT 5AM!
桃時間や日本時間ですか? 笑"

I cannot put into words just how incredible Rebun Island is. I mean, it literally took my breath away at one point atop a mountain during the hike – serves me right for forgetting my ventolin inhaler, haha. As such, I will end this chapter with a picture from the hike as well as a video I discovered online of the Momo Staff’s 'send off ceremony' for those departing the island.

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[VIDEO LINK] “Send off by Momoiwaso Youth Hostel Staff”
Credit: Youtube User 'Watsblue'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FuUoY0dw7I

Until next time,
- Harry

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Harry Smith-Luck
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3rd-year Australian University Student Bachelor of Biomedical Science Griffith University - School of Medicine Native Language: English Secondary Language: Basic Japanese Studying abroad with University's Japan Study Tour - 2015 First time visiting Japan from June 23rd -> July 27th

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