Thursday, January 23, 2020

Kitsuki Sunrise

For the 4th day of my walk around the Kunisaki Peninsula in northern Kyushu, I spent all day exploring the castle town of Kitsuki. I spent the night on the south bank of the Yasaka River, and the castle and town were on the north bank, so early in the morning I headed across the bridge at the mouth of the river.

The view out to sea was where the sun had recently risen. I believe it is technically part of Beppu Bay, though it also falls within the boundaries of the Inland Sea. I have a fondness for early morning shots because where I have been living for the past 16 years or so is in a steep, narrow valley so I only get to see the sun in the middle part of the day.

When I lived on top of the world I was able to see the sunrise for a lot more than 300 days a year, and this is probably why I have a penchant for sleeping out on mountaintops here in Japan.

On this particular morning it was quite cloudy, but shafts of golden light were clearly visible......


  1. Shafts of light, aye?
    We call them 'Jesus light' here down home.

    Old Dog

  2. Lovely, Jake. In November, I will join an easy four-night walking tour looping inland from Beppu and back to Oita. No sunrises like yours, though, unfortunately.

    1. I'm guessing you will be visiting Yufuin..... I really enjoyed my visit there