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Monkey Island

 

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Here is what CNN published about Sarujima.

“For as long as anyone can remember, the rock that guards the entrance to Tokyo Bay has been called Sarushima — ‘Monkey Island’ — even though there’s not a simian in sight. But for a day of monkeying around, it may be the perfect location.

Located 1.7 km off Yokosuka, Monkey Island is the only parcel of land in the bay that does not have cliffs and beaches made of concrete. This makes it a therapeutic day out for anyone who has grown tired of the urban jungle and fancies a bit of the wild.”

Approaching Monkey Island

Approaching Monkey Island

We took the ferry because it’s the only way to get to the island.  It was about 10 minutes ride and felt like we had barely left the port.  There are no guides or much else open on Mondays, so we did as usual – wander around looking lost for a while, then striking off on a decided route.  Often the decided path is just the direction we’re wandering in.  We were hoping for some kind of snack foods, but alas, that’s not available on Mondays either.  We ate our nuts and berries, picked up a walking stick, and started uphill.

Here's a good path; let's take it.

Here’s a good path; let’s take it.

Eager to start exploring

Eager to start exploring

This island at the mouth of Tokyo Bay was recognized as a strategic location for defending the nation and military facilities were constructed there during the Tokugawa Shogunate.  During WW II artillery posts were added.  What remains now are the concrete posts and bolts, brick-lined tunnels and magazines, and natural vegetation – ferns and bamboo groves.

01ea0ea55d615f27fb02744c162a6f868d04e9eab5 CIMG2118 CIMG2119 CIMG2129We climbed up, down, and all over the island, through tunnels, down cliffs, over rocky shoals. There are some beautiful views from the top of the island, and at the shoreline.

And to make the experience more memorable, Judy wanted to find a geocache and plant her track-able coin.  Sure enough, there was one on the island, and we found it! 01b5d6cac19e4f4f0d592ee330c5a050d917bbf71a

Judy is so happy!

Judy is so happy!

We had some more fun playing on the island, then we went back to the mainland and found a couple more places to play.

Here’s some more pictures.

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