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11/30/2011 [Wed]

Toi Hotel Sankaitei of Izu City, Shizuoka [Izu City]


After seeing the spectacular sunset from Koibito Misaki cape, I stayed at “Toi Hotel Sankaitei” of Toi Onsen hot spa resort. It took only 3 minutes by bus from Toi Ferry Port or 3 minutes on foot from the “Flower Clock” that I introduced last time. Though it has “hotel” in its name, I would rather say it to be a “ryokan” inn. Not to mention Onsen and Japanese-style cuisine, they offer us various kinds of services as traditional ryokans do. They are also having lots of guests from abroad, especially from Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and, to my surprise, they have some staff from China and Korea in their hotel to welcome foreign customers wholeheartedly.


Now, let’s see what’s inside. This is the image of the Front Desk and the Lobby. It looked so decent and spacious. The lounge bar and souvenir shop are also available. Please take a look around after check-in !


They have 40 rooms, which accommodates up to 180 guests in all and very positive to accept group tours. This is the room I stayed, by the way. Yes, with private open-air onsen ! It can be used only for bathing. No bubbling. Please use the inner bath or communal baths when you shampoo.
Please refer to other rooms from here.


And this is the dinner I had on that day ! See all the dishes served. Fresh sashimi, nabe the hot pot, crabs, and other creative cuisines. And yes, Ise-ebi the Japanese lobster ! In this season, from the onset of Ise-ebi fishing around late-September until mid-December, most of ryokans in Izu Peninsula join the annual event “Ise-ebi Matsuri” festival that they offer room plans with Ise-ebi cuisine in very reasonable rates. I took one of them. For other information about dinner, please find from here.


After lovely and fabulous dinner, let’s jump into Onsen hot spring ! Sankaitei has as many as 7 onsens inside the hotel ! If you don’t like to bathe with other guests, please book the private bath as in the right picture. It would be next to nothing to stay bathing looking out the beautiful Suruga Bay. Especially, I like it in winter because it usually let me have the traditional mind and spirit that have been told since old times. Other Onsen pictures are available from here.


Now, what do you think about staying at “Sankaitei” ? There is a bus stop right in front of it that goes for major tourist sightseeing spots such as Shuzenji and other points along the east coast of Izu Peninsula. When you trip to or from Tokyo, Nagoya, or Osaka, please be sure to stop by Toi Onsen to have the most exclusive day !


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Toi Hotel Sankaitei
Access : 2.5 hours from Tokyo by car, bus, or train. In front of “Nakahama” bus-stop.
Standard room rate : ¥15,000〜¥30,000/adult ( w/dinner & breakfast. Tax & service fee included ) ¥150 of onsen tax will be added to the room rate
For group-rate or other information, please inquire from here ※Please use e-mail in case you question in English.

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11/28/2011 [Mon]

Information about Illumination Events ! [Information]


@ Aoba Symbol Road in Shizuoka City
Period : Nov 24, 2011 – Feb 14, 2012
Hours : 17:00 – 22:00 ( - 24:00 between Dec 17 – Dec 31, 2011 )
Access : 10 minutes on foot from JR Shziuoka Station
Admission : Free of charge
Number of lights : 200,000 bulbs

A Tokino Sumika in Gotemba City
Period : Nov 10, 2011 – Mar 11, 2012
Hours : 16:30 – 22:00 ( 17:00 – 21:30 after Jan 6, 2012 )
Access : Free shuttle bus available from JR Mishima, Susono, Iwanami Station, and JR Gotemba station.
Admission : Free. ¥1000 for the fountain show.
Number of lights : 3 million bulbs

B Around Nabura-kan in Omaezaki City
Period : Dec 1, 2011 – Early-Jan, 2012
Hours : 16:30 – 22:00 ( illuminated all-night long between Dec 31, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012 )
Access : 90 minutes by bus from JR Shizuoka Station to “Omaezaki Kaiyo Center” and 15 minute walk
Admission : Free.
Number of lights : 20,000 bulbs

C Hamamatsu Fuyufes ( Winter Festival ) in Hamamatsu City
Period : Nov 12, 2011 – Jan 8, 2012
Hours : 16:30 – 24:00 ( illuminated all-night long between Dec 31, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012 )
Access : Around JR Hamamatsu Station and shopping streets
Admission : Free.

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11/25/2011 [Fri]

The best sunset in Japan − Koibito Misaki cape and around Toi of Izu City [Izu City]


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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11/18/2011 [Fri]

Daidogei World Cup [Shizuoka]


The 20th Daidogei World Cup was held powerfully and enthusiastically this year between Nov 3 – 6. Though, this year, because of the nuclear plant matter caused by the earthquake, troupes of performers dwindled to 87 from 21 countries while we had 96 last year, still the number of audiences is growing year by year, which turned out reportedly to have come up to 1.73 million ( an increase of 110 thousand visitors over last year ) ! Daidogei World Cup is definitely one of the largest events in name and reality now in Shizuoka ! So, for those who don’t know what it is like yet, I show you some pictures today.^^


First comes “FACUNDO KEAMER / Argentina”. Actually, though I’m not a Daidogei lover, I couldn’t take my eyes off from it, just simply gave a sigh, holly shit ! It’s absolutely far from what a human can do !


Next comes “MINI-DLIN MARIONETTS / Russia, Latvia”. These puppets are manipulated so wonderful and tricky that you may miss the fantasy if you care for your cell-phone too much.^^


Looks stupid at first glance but professional in the end. “MARIANO GUZ / France” is one of the most dangerous performers involving his audiences around into this action. Very fun !^^


And “Ballet on the shoulder / China” ! She looked soooo cute ! As you can imagine from their name, she dances on his shoulder. Is it really possible ? This picture tells “Yes” !^^


The last performer I introduce here today is “Duo Strakhov / Ukraine” who won the World Cup Champion this year ! I dare not explain what kind of art they created, believing they will join the Daidogei World Cup next year and you come to see it in Shizuoka !^^

Daidogei World Cup is held in this season around early-Nov every year. We are not still sure when the 21st will be set next year but I’ll let you know as soon as I figure it out !

Have a good day !^^

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11/14/2011 [Mon]

Around Mitsuke Inn Town along the Old Tokaido road ― Iwata City-2 [Iwata]


I visited lastly “The Old Akamatsu Memorial House” that stands 10 minutes away from the Old Tokaido road. This amazing mansion belonged to Akamatsu Noriyoshi, a vice admiral in the late Edo and Meiji Period, and eventually donated to Iwata City.


Now, please see the map first. You can tell how great he was from this spacious site. It’s free to look around ! Passing through the old checking gate, I found the first large house on my right (A). He is also known as a culturally established man and this house is said to have been used as his library which carried about 3000 books and documents that were all donated and are currently preserved in the Central Library of Iwata City.


Next, I found a park-like garden. A statue was there to welcome us. Yes, he is Mr. Akamatsu, the former owner. How are you doing ? Thank you for the beautiful evening !^^
I walked up to the next house, actually an exhibition room (B) where you can see his belongings and other materials. Beyond the exhibition room is a decent bamboo forest (C). It was creating “Japanese” in the light of the setting sun. Beside the bamboo forest is a small pond. There I found a frog, I dare say a symbol of Japan’s good old days. I’m always tranquilized by “Japanese”, something very peculiar to traditional or cultural things in Japan. What about you ?^^



The last thing I looked around was this beautiful house, “The Old Akamatsu Memorial House” (D). Here exhibits varieties of designated cultural treasures related to Akamatsu Family. Admission free. You can also enjoy special green tea for a charge. It’s very nice to feel a slow-passing time looking out the beautiful Japanese garden, isn’t it ?^^
The gold drawing below is the one awarded by the 16th master of Tokugawa ( Tokugawa Shogunate finished in 15th ) in the late Edo Period. It was so gorgeous that I could not help but give a sigh. I just wonder how much it’s worth.


Anyway, please be sure to stop by The Old Akamatsu Memorial House when you visit Iwata City by any chance.^^

Have a good day !

The Old Akamatsu Memorial House
Access from JR Iwata Sta. : 10 minutes by bus to “Kawaramachi-kita” and 1 minute walk
Admission : Free of charge
Closed : on Mondays, the day after holiday, year-end and new year days.
Open Hour : 9:00 – 16:30

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