Lake Kushu Course in Rebun 久種湖

Lake Kusu

June 8th.
Wake, a little stiff from yesterday’s hike, on the  cold, grey morning we leave Rebun Island. We must catch a bus at noon, in front of our hotel, in order to make the 1.25 pm. ferry that goes by way of Rishiri. The morning, is ours to fill.

Kushuko Hiking Course

Path around Lake Kushu

Path around Lake Kushu

Consequently, we opt to walk around Lake Kushu, the Kushuko Course (4.2km). This walk is very gentle and, as it follows the lake closely, has no inclines to test your aching limbs. It is a pleasant, if unremarkable walk, following a mown grass trail along the lakeside and through an area of marsh and reeds. This section is alive with birdsong though we rarely see any birds.

Bird Observation Post, Lake Kushu

Bird Observation Post, Lake Kushu

Black-browed Reed Warbler

Black-browed Reed Warbler

The latter part of the walk comes out onto the road and follows it back into the village. At this point, we head down to the beach. This beach is a mass of shells. In some places you are walking on layers of shells – no sand, just shells. Many of these shells have perfect circular holes in them about 5mm. diameter.
These holes, I believe, are drilled by a predatory snail. Once the snail has bored through the shell it sucks out the unfortunate shellfish.

Shells Funadomari Beach

Shells on Funadomari Beach. Note circular hole in the brown shell in the foreground.

Funadomari beach

Funadomari beach

Rebun to Wakkanai via Rishiri

From the beach, we pick up our bags and catch the bus back to Kafuka ferry Port. The fare is 960 yen. After grabbing some lunch, we board the Heart Land ferry.
The wind has picked up and it has become very cold. Sitting outside on deck is not very comfortable and we endure only as far as Rishiri before heading inside. The views of Rishiri are superb. A jagged Fuji soaring out of the ocean, its peak wreathed in it’s self-created cloud.

Mt.Rishiri

Mt.Rishiri

Once back in Wakkanai, we consider driving out to another michi no eki. In the end it seems a little late in the day and we opt to stay in Wakkanai.
It will be a long, cold, windswept trek to the toilet in the early hours.

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