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Time never stop for my travel. I opened my mobile phone. It was after 13:00. Though I had made an unscheduled side-trip at Inubashiri Island, I had to take the train from Shimoda Station at 15:08. Off to Perry Road !
I passed before the Shimoda Park in 10 minutes from Inubashiri Island and more 10 minute walk took me to the narrow street along the stream as in the picture. That is the Perry Road. Old houses represented histories. Willows were draped over the stream and that made a nostalgic mood. Small shops and restaurants were along the cobbled street.
Strolling on the Perry Road and into a narrow alley, you will see the gate of Ryosenji Temple. Very quaint with the songs of cicadas. Passing through the gate, you will see the Ryosenji main hall just in front.
Commodore Perry signed up for Shimoda Treaty in this temple in 1854, under “Japan-US Treaty of Amity”. You can’t go inside of the temple for now, but you can see a nice exhibition room – Ryosenji Treasure Museum – in which collections of Perry and Black Ships are preserved. Lo-and-behold, all historical materials are real and original. No photocopies or duplicates. You can feel the very history in this museum.
I rushed for Izukyu Shimoda Station. I could have taken more time in Shimoda but I had a plan and I would strongly recommend you to follow it.
From Izukyu Shimoda Station, you can take a very unique train. Of course, with the Dream Pass, you can take it with no extra charge. The train’s name is “Resort 21 Kurofune ( Black Ship ) Train”. Available not every day. If you understand Japanese, please see the schedule from here. Kurofune Train is not the express. Just the same as the local train. So what is the difference ? You will see it very obvious from the picture below.＾＾
I got in the first car and took the seat of the second row. The windshield was just like a movie screen. 1.5 hour boarding to Atami was not so long as I could fall asleep, due to the ever-changing view.
Looking out into the sea, I was almost in a daydream until the conductor came for extra fare. Oh, yes, I needed to pay for some. Be sure, the Dream Pass is, in my case “Koganeji Route”, valid and effective only in Dream Ferry, Tokai Bus and Izukyu Line. Izukyu Line finishes at Ito Station. Operation from Ito to Atami is by JR Line. That is, you have to pay for it. I paid ¥320 to the conductor and realized the end of this tour.
Now, how do you like my ten-time reports about the Izu Dream Pass ? You make the most of it and find your own trip with Dream Pass !
Have a good day !＾＾
Perry Road & Ryosenji Temple
Access ： 10 minute walk from Izukyu Shimoda Station
Admission ： Free for the temple ／¥500 for Museum
Izu Dream Pass
Dream Ferry ／ Tokai Bus ／ Izukyu Line
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