Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Weekend in Shimoda and Inatori

We like to relax. Some people might find reading a good book on the beach relaxing or maybe sitting on the patio with a cold drink and some good friends relaxing. Our definition of relaxing is a trip to a hot spring resort, some sightseeing and plenty of eating and drinking. So, we spent the last weekend of May visiting the Izu peninsula.

First day we visited the sleepy seaside town of Shimoda. Walking the back streets I came across these fish being dried in the sun. They look like inmates in fish prison. Lock them up!

They have bigger fish to dry.

This is a popular fish shop that specializes in local dried fish. Emi went inside to check it out.

I wondered around the back of the shop. Hmm...

 As we continued our walk I noticed that a new seafood restaurant had opened since the last time we visited.

This part of town is very scenic.

Plenty of uniquely designed buildings.

This willow tree lined walk along the canal gets a lot of sightseers passing through.

Peace and tranquility.

In Shimoda we like to get our water the old fashioned way.

And, now the real reason we came to Shimoda, Emi loves to visit in the recycled Kimono silk shop. In this shop they disassemble old kimonos and use the material to create new fashionable items. The store attendants recognized Emi and hustled her into the back to check out their latest creations.

I, feeling a bit useless, took a few pictures of the piles of silk material.

I have to admit that this place is quite amazing.

To make a long story short we spent the night in Shimoda, soaked in luxurious hot baths, ate like pigs, drank to excess, slept in late... yes, we had a great time! The next day after checking out of the hotel we walked to the bus terminal and rode a local bus to Kawazu. Taking the train would have been cheaper but the beautiful ocean views along the bus route are worth the slightly higher transportation cost.

After arriving in Kawazu we went to the train station for the next leg of our journey. From the train platform one can see the ocean.

There goes the really nice express train to Yokohama. We waited for the local slowpoke train to take us to Inatori.

Welcome to Inatori! Small town =  small train station.

Sunday in Inatori and there's not much action in town.

It was too early to check in to our hotel so we went for a walk along the ocean.

The sky is a bit hazy but the ocean is looking very clear and refreshing.

There wont be any building of sandcastles on this beach.

Time for a late lunch. We ordered okonomiyaki (a kind of Japanese pancake)  and Yakisoba (fried noodles). We shared each dish and when we left the restaurant we were both quite full.

Our hotel room had a heck of a view.

That evening I sat by the window and enjoyed the sunset.

The clouds kept shifting and moving creating new views by the minute. I like this much more than watching TV.

The view from our room the next morning.

Our hotel is the white building to the right on top of the hill.

Monday, Monday... so good to me
-- Mamas & the Papas

It's Monday and it's time to go home.

A leisurely walk back to the train station.

And, here comes the train. Bye-bye you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!

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