Having rented a bicycle near Kafuka Port, I began my long day of cycling around Rebun Island. I’d start by taking the road along Rebun Island’s east coast and heading north. Rishiri Island was always in my sight whenever I looked to the right and I couldn’t help but wish I had an extra day or two to pay Rishiri a visit. The road I was on runs along some really nice coastal scenery where the slopes of Rebun’s hills meet the deep blue sea. A few tunnels briefly interrupt the scenery but otherwise there was a great view the whole time that I was cycling that morning. As you can imagine for an island like Rebun, there were very few cars on the road so for most of the ride it was just me and the open road.
As I continued north I’d momentarily stop from time to time to take a photo. When I got to the Mt Rebun trailhead I stopped for a five-minute break before resuming the ride. Mt Rebun is the tallest mountain on the island, though it’s only about 1,607 feet (490m) tall. A group of three hikers showed up while I was cooling off in the shade and started their ascent up the trail. If there had been more time in the day I would have completed the hike myself but I needed to get back on the road. I passed several small collections of houses as I rode further north and couldn’t help but wonder what it’s like to live all the way out there. Soon I stopped for a quick photo of my bicycle with Rishiri Island in the background. I was making good time that morning and was already most of the way up the eastern coast of Rebun but I still had a long way to go before my day was over.