Friday, February 20, 2015

Destination, Boso Peninsula

Last weekend we took a trip to the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. To get there we needed to take a car ferry across Tokyo Bay and then we followed the coastal road around the southern tip of the peninsula until we reached the Pacific ocean side.

This side of the Boso peninsula is warmer than other parts of Japan because of the Black Currant that flows  off shore.

The ocean waters are clear and clean here.

There are many places for people to park their cars and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Some places have pedestrian walks along the volcanic lava formations.

And, as usual the coast is dotted with Shinto shrines,

It is quite easy to get close to the water and enjoy the tidal pools...

...and the crashing waves.

This is so refreshing!

As I walk along the coast I spot another shrine.

These Torii gates just beg to have their picture taken,

The warm air, beautiful scenery and winding coastal roads make the Boso peninsula a magnet for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Following the coast we arrive at the Shirahama Onsen (hot spring) resort area.

This area is also quite a busy little fishing port.

It's a beautiful day for a stroll.

The Shirahama area has a lot of seafood shops and restaurants.

The Nojimazaki lighthouse.

Love is in the air!

Fish drying in the sun protected from the birds by some netting.

Lets take a closer look.

We spent the night at a comfortable seaside resort hotel and the next morning had a nice view of the sunrise from our room.

A little later in the morning we had this view from our room.

And, just before we departed I took this shot of our hotel.

The car ferry is an excellent way to get across Tokyo bay. It's also a lot of fun!

The upper decks of the ferry are spacious, clean and comfortable. There's even a beer bar!

On the weekend it can get a bit crowded but our return on Monday left us with plenty of seats to choose from to enjoy the 45 minute transit across the bay.

We were treated with a view of Mt. Fuji from our window.

And, lastly, off of our port side we pass by another car ferry.
As destinations go, the Boso Peninsula is highly recommended for those that like to get away from the rat race and enjoy  a day of sunshine and salt air accompanied by panoramic views of the Pacific coast.

Thanks for stopping by!

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