From Miyajima-guchi to Shimonoseki, it took a bit over 3 hours by local train with a transfer in Iwakuni Station.
The only actual reason for me to get off at Shimonoseki was to walk the underwater tunnel from Honshu to Kyushu. If not for this, I’d have gone straight to Fukuoka. And since I’m such a cheapo, I decided to walk all the way to the tunnel, instead of taking a bus… Such a bad idea. I mean, it wasn’t such a bad idea, but it was really warm and I was tired of the four days going from one place to the next. It wasn’t difficult to walk though, following the big street running alongside the Kanmon Strait. Most of the time, there was a pedestrian road right next to the water, which made it a nice walk anyway.
Before arriving at the difficult-to-find tunnel, I stopped at some sort of small amusement park. The Ferris wheel had caught my eye, and since I still had lots of time left, I could use a rest and there were pretty much no people about, I though “why not!” So I rode the Ferris wheel, and I really was the only person on there…
After that I just continued my walk towards the tunnel, and got there about half an hour later. (It took about 1,5 hours in total, from the station to the tunnel.) As I mentioned, the entrance was really difficult to find. Or, it was at least poorly signed. After a little search, I found out the entrance was actually across the street (if you’re ever there, it’s across the street from these canons ;)).
The tunnel is about 800 meters long and passes under the Kanmon Strait from Honshu to Kyushu. It was pretty cool to know I was walking under the sea… 😀
A 10-minute walk later, I arrived in Kitakyushu (or to be more precise; I already did in the middle of the tunnel) and found out it was still quite a walk (more walking?!) to the nearest public transportation… Which wasn’t the nearest transportation at all in the end.
On the map there was something about a train-like vehicle called “Mojiko Retro Scenic Line” that was supposed to go from “Norfolk Hiroba Station” to Mojiko Station (where I’d catch the train to Fukuoka), and it’s not just on the local map… Google Maps shows it as well. When I arrived at that Norfolk Hiroba Station though, I found it abandoned and locked. According to the internet, it’s still in service, so I have no idea why it wasn’t in use at that time. Too bad, I would’ve loved to ride it.
In the end I had to walk all the way to Mojiko Station (passing weird sights like the Dutch in the first picture above, and an out-of-place tall building in the second picture) where I was lucky to find a train for Fukuoka leaving in only a few minutes. About an hour later, I finally found myself in a trusted surrounding again: Hakata Station. I quickly transferred to the local Kagoshima Line to Sasabaru and was reunited with my friends at Sharely Style Hakata! ^^