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You remember I informed you about the information “Stay in Shizuoka ! Half-off Campaign” the other day ? This time, I by myself took the Suruga Bay Ferry to tour in Izu Area. It was overcast, though. The blue sky would have let us overlook Mt. Fuji clearly and decently over the sea but that day……forget it.＞＜
At 7:30, the ferry departed Shimizu Port with bustling whistles. Suruga Bay Ferry connects between Shimizu Port and Toi Port in 65 minutes. I found many people aboard on the day, because of, definitely, Summer Vacation !＾＾ I was on the deck to see my city off. “S-Pulse Dream Plaza” was there to say good-bye.
Now, Shimizu Port is one of the “three most beautiful ports” in Japan and also known as one of the largest trading ports. Accordingly, you will see many tour boats, freight vessels, and fishing boats around. The picture, by the way, was taken last year. You can see the CY for the freight cargoes and Mt. Fuji behind it. Beautiful, isn’t it ? The black dot in the sky is not anything like a UFO or supernatural living, just in case.＾＾；
Now, we passed by Miho Peninsula and got in Suruga Bay ! Suruga Bay is known as the deepest sea in Japan, 2500m actually, and very famous for the abundant seafood such as Sakura Ebi shrimp, Shirasu baby sardines, and Kinmedai alfonsino. Please keep in mind “Shizuoka” always come with seafood.＾＾
The ferry has a special room called “Ocean Room” though not free to enter. It will make you possible to overlook further. Believe it or not, you may see whales or dolphins from the room.
I had ever been there three times and found a whale once and dolphins once. A man said he had seen a white whale as well.
I was out on the deck for a while to find her but she never showed up before me.＞＜
Time passed so fast that I saw Toi Port nearby before I explore the ferry enough. The shop, food-stand for Takoyaki, lie-down space, and others ! Cars would have taken more than 2 hours to Toi Port. Ferry let you drivers to enjoy yourself in it. And what is more, if you use the campaign, you will have 50% deduction from the regular fare.＾＾
From Toi Port, buses are available to some major destinations such as Shuzenji, or Dogashima. If you are planning to travel around Izu Area by bus, “Izu Dream Pass” is absolutely recommended because with this ticket, you can take Suruga Bay Ferry ( one way only ), Tokai Bus, and Izukyu Railway as many time as you like as long as it expires. Basically, 2-day or 3-day Pass. Using the campaign, Dream Pass is also available half off ! I was meant to visit “Kawazu Seven Falls” and “Joren Falls” on the day. I’ll report them another day !
Have a good day !＾＾
Suruga Bay Ferry
Access from JR Shimizu Sta. ： Free shuttle bus available from east exit square
Fare for ferries ： ￥2200／person only ・ ￥5000〜／car ( one driver included )
“Stay in Shizuoka ! Half-off Campaign” ： Until Sep 30
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