Sunday 27th September was my birthday and we spent the day in Yokohama, flying around the rides of Cosmo World, watching hula dancing in Hawaiian Town and taking another opportunity to visit the Pokémon Centre. We also went down to Shibuya in Tokyo to meet a close friend and do some Karaoke! But the original plan had been quite different, something a lot more Pokémon related. But things don’t always work the way you planned while travelling, so now we must talk about the place we didn’t get to see; Cinnabar Island.
Cinnabar Island is based on the island of Oshima, the largest of the Izu islands lying south of Tokyo Bay. The entire group actually forms the basis of the Sevii Islands that appear in FireRed and LeafGreen, but Oshima is the special one that was always part of Kanto. Like Cinnabar Island it is famous for its active volcanic, Mt. Mihara (although this one you can actually see above ground unlike the original Cinnabar Island). There is a hiking trail up to the summit that is not too taxing on the body. There you can peek into the magma below; it sure sounded fascinating! It is also known for its various Onsen spots and generally beautiful coastline. We hear you need to stay at least one night on the island to get the most of it and renting a car is the best way to see it all. We haven’t been able to find anything that might resemble a Pokémon Laboratory online so if anyone has any experience with the place, please let us know if otherwise! One thing for certain is, it’s clear that this island is a fitting home for Blaine and his Fire-Type Pokémon.
The other site we missed was the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line which was the inspiration for Cycling Road that links Celadon City to Fuchsia City. It crosses over Tokyo Bay and cuts travel time between the capital and the Bozo Penninsula significantly. The Aqua is also half bridge, half tunnel and has a small man – made island in the where the two meet which is home to various shops and attractions, making itself into its own little tourist attraction. You can only get here by car however and there aren’t really any buses that specifically visit this island for tourist purposes. We had hope to catch a bus to Tateyama that crossed over the bay but due to our travel day being a national holiday, we had to settle on taking the train. We passed where it connects to the Bozo Penninsula but we were too far away from the coast to see anything worth taking a picture. The bridge was actually still under construction when Red and Green were first released, not opening for use until 1997, but the thing had 23 years of planning and another 9 of construction so it must have been highly anticipated during development of the original games. Not sure that many cyclist can be found on it though, definitely more of a driving a vehicle road…
So there we have it, we’ve seen so much whilst we’ve been here and still there’s more to sink our teeth into. My only concern is the dilemma with the Volcano Badge. But check in later on and we may have resolved on something at the very least!