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  • (bright funky music)

  • - Ah cool, look at this hangar.

  • Look at these little baby planes.

  • (speaking in foreign language)

  • - This is like, the kind of plane

  • that usually like...

  • - Goes to Alaska?

  • - No I was gonna say crashes.

  • I was really tired cause we got up at like 5 a.m.,

  • but now that I've seen the plane I'm like.

  • This is so cool.

  • It's gonna be fun.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • With it's deep valleys, subtropical climate,

  • active volcanoes and natural hot springs,

  • Japan's southwest island of Kyushu,

  • is a fiery force of nature.

  • With some of the most breathtaking scenery in Japan.

  • Come with Tatsu and I as we travel across the island,

  • making new discoveries,

  • and visiting some old favorites along the way.

  • (relaxing music)

  • Today, Tatsu and I are heading to Iwojima,

  • off the coast of Kagoshima prefecture.

  • There are only two ferries a week connecting Iwojima,

  • to the rest of Kyushu.

  • So if you're visiting any other day,

  • the only way to get there, is by private plane.

  • It is home to Iodake, a currently active volcano,

  • that emits sulfur dioxide.

  • "Io" in Japanese means sulfur.

  • Thus the name "sulfur island".

  • There are actually a few sulfur islands in Japan,

  • so just to clarify, this is not the Iwojima

  • that was captured by the U.S. during the second World War.

  • Bye.

  • Bye.

  • (laughs)

  • Tatsu and I were just about to cross the road,

  • and we saw this guy and we both just screamed,

  • and freaked out. (speaks foreign language)

  • Bye.

  • (upbeat music)

  • How is it Tatsu?

  • - Oh wow, I was just. Holy, Oh!

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • Look at these. (speaking foreign language)

  • - This is very beautiful. (speaking foreign language)

  • - Ah, perfect.

  • - Awesome so we'll just park here.

  • And let's take some photos.

  • - Let's do it.

  • (yells)

  • - This is how Tatsu get's when he sees beautiful scenery.

  • (laughs)

  • - I can't pull out my seatbelt.

  • - I guess you're stuck here.

  • Oh my God.

  • (relaxing music)

  • Iwojima is a registered Geopark,

  • and the typical tourists who make the voyage,

  • all the way out here are generally the types,

  • that can appreciate this kind of natural,

  • untouched wild beauty.

  • Google Map is taking us through some weird back road.

  • (laughs)

  • So because it's an island the weather changes,

  • often very suddenly, without warning.

  • It just started raining, but hopefully the rain's not gonna,

  • continue for the rest of the day.

  • But we've just arrived at the famous hot springs,

  • on the island, and I thought it would be like a facility,

  • with like a parking lot, but it's not, this is it.

  • We've got our rental van parked right here,

  • and I think it's just right over there.

  • (relaxing music)

  • (cheers)

  • - Yes you can.

  • Just gotta be fast.

  • (laughs)

  • Oh god, oh god.

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • So Tatsu is shooting the hot spring,

  • we've been keeping an eye on it,

  • to see of the waves are coming anywhere near it.

  • And they do get pretty high,

  • but they don't exactly envelop this one,

  • so we might have a chance to hop in there.

  • Oh no!

  • Oh he's fine. (laughs)

  • So I'm standing by.

  • Outside.

  • Naked, like it ain't no thing.

  • You might be asking yourself,

  • "like jeez isn't this incredibly awkward?"

  • Yeah.

  • (bright cheerful music)

  • Located at the base of the volcano,

  • these hot springs can get as hot as 50 degrees Celsius,

  • or 122 degrees Fahrenheit at the source.

  • Thankfully though, the splashing waves

  • help cool the pools down to a comfortable temperature.

  • But I mean this is exhilarating.

  • Would you rate this as a must-see location in Japan?

  • - I would say this is, a hidden place.

  • - This is something you should try once in your life.

  • I feel like when it comes to "onsen",

  • we are in our most natural state.

  • We're in a totally natural hot spring,

  • right in front of the natural ocean.

  • Which is unpredictable and wild, and a little bit scary.

  • And we're standing here, I'm standing here, naked,

  • which is also wild, and a little bit scary.

  • But you know it's a good experience.

  • I'm glad we did it.

  • - I don't want to say, but this is awesome.

  • Awesome. - Awesome.

  • - Awesome. - Awesome!

  • - My vocabulary awesome!

  • In the 1960's, at its peak, Iwojima was a mining town,

  • and it had around 600 residents.

  • In the 70's, Yamaha opened a resort on the island,

  • and imported peacocks to the facility.

  • The resort went bankrupt, the mine closed,

  • and the population fell to just over 100 people.

  • But the peacocks went on to inhabit the island,

  • where they run wild, even today.

  • I should also mention, there aren't any hotels,

  • or restaurants on the island either.

  • But this is a great oppurtunity

  • to stay in a locally owned guest house instead.

  • Besides, unless you've brought your own food,

  • it's the only way to make sure

  • that you get to eat every single day.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - And we've got some (speaking foreign language).

  • And some (speaking foreign language),

  • stewed fish with some (speaking foreign language) I think,

  • and then we got some fried fish over here,

  • this is really cool.

  • I love eating at other people's houses,

  • cause then you get to see what they would serve and stuff.

  • - It's actually like super good.

  • - I know, I'm really excited.

  • Because it's so hard to bring food to the island,

  • you really appreciate having a warm meal to go home,

  • or wake up to, and chatting with the guest house mama,

  • is always a treat too.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • On this day, a typhoon is approaching the island,

  • and this ferry is the last ferry,

  • until the typhoon is passed.

  • Residents are drawn to the port

  • to say goodbye to the visitors.

  • And the resident western African percussionist group,

  • comes to welcome the incoming ship,

  • with a mix of percussion and dance.

  • (beating drums)

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • And just like that,

  • it's time for us to head back to the main island.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • This ferry is pretty big.

  • And thankfully it has several rooms,

  • for passengers to rest and relax in,

  • during the long journey back to Kagoshima.

  • This is really comfortable.

  • So the ferry's gonna take four hours,

  • for us to get to Kagoshima,

  • so we won't get in until 8 p.m. tonight.

  • So I'm glad that there's beds and blankets,

  • so I can just take a nap.

  • So how about you?

  • Would you like to visit a place like Iwojima?

  • Let me know in the comments.

  • And if you wanna see more of this type of video.

  • Please show your support by liking, subscribing,

  • and sharing with your friends.

  • If you want to see more of Tatsu's work,

  • make sure you follow his YouTube channel, and his Instagram.

  • Thanks so much for watching.

  • Bye!

  • (lively music)

(bright funky music)

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硫磺島的未觸及之地 我參觀了薩摩硫磺島。 (UNTOUCHED LAND OF IWOJIMA 薩摩硫黄島に行ってみた)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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