Our second day on Ie Island was shorter than the first, since we were taking the 1:00 ferry back. At breakfast, which was a good mixture of Asian and Western foods, we decided to take 2 taxis and do a sightseeing tour of the island. My group wanted to climb Mt. Gusuku since we didn’t have a chance to the day before and there were a few places the other group wanted to see that they weren’t able to.
There is a natural spring here that is an important source of water for the locals. That and the view is gorgeous!
It is a symbolic landmark and a sacred mountain for Okinawans. There is a 360 degree panoramic view of the island from the top.
During WWII, the cave was used as a bomb shelter, housing 1000 islanders. There is a legendary rock in the cave. It is said if a woman lifts it, she will soon have a baby.
Yes, we all lifted the fertility rock. None of us want to have kids in the near future either.
This was labeled Deer Fossil Digging on our map. Our cab driver said they hunted deer there, long ago. All that was there now was the fossilized/petrified coral.
All in all, it was a great couple days! Everyone had a good time.