Summer Holidays!

Hello everyone! Since summer is about to end, I would like to show you guys what and where I have been to this summer! We have a very short summer in Japan this year. The whole month of June to July had been raining cats and dogs and now on September the typhoons are hitting as usual before Autumn comes. The typhoon Faxai on Monday earlier this week was so strong that it woke me up in the middle of the night and I could literally feel my house shaking. A lot of us had a bad time commuting to work the next day because the train system was down.

The incredible human traffic.

It was a sweat festival here celebrating the glorious Japanese spirit hahaha I am always amazed at how Japanese still try so hard going to work at times like this and the efficiency of disaster recovery is more than just impressive.

Well, hopefully the next typhoon will be fine and we do not have to go through the aftermath again.

Speaking about summer this year, I have managed to travel within Japan to Izu. Japan’s Izu Peninsula is located in Shizuoka Prefecture, around 100km southwest of Tokyo. It is a resort area popular for its hot springs, beautiful coastlines, beaches, mild climate and scenic mountainous interior. Instead of using the train, my friend and I decided to do a road trip this time. The traffic was slow but the whole journey along the beautiful coastline just worth all our time.

Overseeing the breathtaking sea horizon

You will never get such an open scenery in Tokyo so whenever there are long holidays, I always escape to either sea or mountain areas. Now you know where to find me if I ever get lost haha!

So my first stop at Izu was Jogasaki Coast.

Hiking trail to Jogasaki Coast with the morning sun ray

Jogasaki coast is a beautiful section of coastline along the Izu Peninsula’s eastern coast offering beautiful views of the jagged cliffs and stone formations around the coast.

Back to the mother nature
Kadowakizaki Suspension Bridge

Moving on to the next destination – Mount Omuro, an extinct volcano near the eastern coast of Izu. It is shaped like an inverted rice bowl and has a beautiful silhouette that can be seen from most places in the Izu Kogen area. However, i was unable to take a whole picture of Mount Omuro so you will need to google it haha! We took chair lift up the mountain in order to walk around the crater.

When in Izu, you can never miss out the hot spring (in Japanese we call ‘Onsen’)! Shuzenji Onsen is one of the oldest and most famous hot spring resort towns on the Izu Peninsula.

Tokko-no-yu Foot bath

Other attractions in Shuzenji’s town center include a small bamboo forest.

Authentic souvenir shop

Last but not least, mandatory shave ice to end the summer every year!

So what about yours? Drop us a message to tell us about your summer!

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