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Izu City, located almost in the center of Izu Peninsula, can be reached from Tokyo in around 2 hours by cars or trains. Today, I introduce some of the most popular sightseeing spots of Izu City, “Shuzenji Onsen” spa resort and “Toi Onsen” spa resort.
Now, Toi Onsen is a part of the Izu west coast and is said they are having lots of tourists from abroad since “Suruga Bay Ferry” was connected from Shizuoka City. Several roads to major tourist spots such as Numazu, Shuzenji, Nishiizu and Shimoda spread out from the Toi ferry station.
Then, what’s in Toi ? The “Flower Clock” shall come first because, believe it or not, it’s been registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest flower clock of the world. 31 meters in diameter ! From spring to summer, it will become full of varieties of colorful flowers, I assure. Tourist Information Center stands beside the flower clock. Please be sure to get the local map there. Beyond the roadway is an Ashiyu foot spa spot of Toi Onsen hot spring. No admission for both the Flower Clock and Ashiyu spa required. Please enjoy slower and more comfortable time in Ahiyu seeing the exclusive flowers !＾＾
Now, this time, the Sunset from Koibito Misaki ( Lover’s Cape ) was one of my targets during the trip. Izu west coast is well known for the spectacular sunset and Nihiizu Town, adjacent to Izu City, often boasts of its beautiful sunset as “the best of Japan”. Anyway, you can reach Koibito Misaki in 10 minutes by bus. First of all, I moved forward to the store manager, the cat, to say hello. I met him last year, too ! He is still there to be buddy-buddy to visitors.＾＾； Cute, isn’t he ? It took me about 10 minutes to the deck at the end of the pathway.
I stopped at the first viewing deck. I like the scenery of Mt. Fuji from there. Can you recognize it over the sea in the picture ? I almost forgot the time, seeing the beautiful coastline in a cozy breeze.
It was just a few minutes before 16:00 when I stood in the deck at the point of Lover’s Cape. 3 couples were already there waiting for the sunset. Weird there alone, I felt somehow. I killed some time keeping the Fecebook......then, the sky began to be dyed crimson, and at the same time, threatening clouds began to appear around the east horizon. Sunset in the horizon, everybody there must have wished it.
But it was very quiet on that day, no wind, no waves, and the clouds were mean-spirited enough not to move away……Still it was OK with me because I could take some nice pictures and maybe it fixed me a good reason to visit there again to see the perfect sunset ! Yes, I will !＾＾ Koibito Misaki cape is free to enter. Please stop by when you pass the eastern Izu coast♪＾＾
Have a good day !
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