A great weekend away at Izu

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May 26th 2007
Published: August 6th 2007
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On Saturday, Mario and I, along with 'Blue Angel', caught the ferry from Shimizu to Toi. After some takoyaki (octopus balls) for breakfast, we geared up and set off to Koibito Misaki - Sweet Lovers Point. We headed down the coast to a monkey park, then had a nap in the grass, before stopping at the southern most tip of the peninsula - Irozaki. We then continued to drive, actually ride, around the coast, checked out another beach and then decided to return to Irozaki for sunset. It was soooo windy at the top there was a bell that began ringing by itself!
We stayed the night at a nice onsen (hot spring) ryokan in Shimoda and after our baths (separately), I was spoiled with Moet and strawberries!
We got up early (for Japan standards) and tried to find somewhere for breakfast that opened before 10am. We found a cute cafe/restaurant, then explored some of the coast around Shimoda, including Shirahama beach. It was beautiful, the sand was white and the water was so clear. We swam for a bit, then took some funny photos on the torii gate and Mario pretended to be a monkey! Next stop was Joren Waterfall, also a popular area for wasabi. The icecream shops even sold wasabi icecream - yuk! The waterfall was ok but so many tourists. Mario and I found a more secluded area and went for a quick (very quick) dip in the freshwater - it was absolutely freezing!! After lunch, we contemplated another nap, but then decided to go home. Once we were heading in the right direction on the freeway, it was homeward bound and goodbye to our lovely weekend at Izu.

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Ferry - Shimizu to ToiFerry - Shimizu to Toi
Ferry - Shimizu to Toi

Took about 1 hour
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Pirate Japanese Flag

It was all torn and dirty
You can just see Mt Fuji!!  You can just see Mt Fuji!!
You can just see Mt Fuji!!

View from Sweet Lovers Point
Shall we dance??Shall we dance??
Shall we dance??

No, we were trying to copy to statue hehe

28th May 2007

sexy lady ...
i really enjoy travel with you, you are the best ! , let`s go there one more time, sometime, thanks for lovely weekend @-->-----
28th May 2007

Lovely weekend!
Glad it was a safe one. Who took all the photos of you together?
28th May 2007

Alright sweet lovers!!
So the cats out of the bag! Hows Karina feeling about Blue Angel!!? Its a great blog- so thats what that hand signal means!
28th May 2007

wyprawa Mario i Mari
widac ze zdjec ze wycieczka wam sie udala, zdjecia sa super.bo miejsca w ktorych byliscie sa jak z bajki, chyba bedziecie bardzo mile wspominac tak spedzony weekend
28th May 2007

are mothers always the last to know about these things?
29th May 2007

Love Izu..
Izu is a beautiful place, looks like u and Mario had a great time, oerfect weather. Bec xx
29th May 2007

Im confused????? Who is Blue Angel???
29th May 2007

Ohhhh i get it now. Didnt see the second page of photos!
29th May 2007

There are some really beautiful photos in here you two. The sunsets are especially amazing. Im glad that you two were able to enjoy them together, and that Mario suffered no severe monkey bites.
29th May 2007

J take in sights.very beautiful pictures.best regards from Wroclaw(Poland)
30th May 2007

Hey Missa
Hey Missa, another great blog!! you know me i hang for these things!! hehe soon to feature in one of your very own!!! Andrew got back yesterday but not back to work until tomorrow so booking then!! hehe YEAH!!! i cant wait its going to be sooo goood to see you!!! :P and sorry Aunty Karina, but yes, others are usuallythe last to know about things such as blue angel! :)
30th May 2007

to ja pisz Ania
I'm very impressed how fun and romantic:)) live you both have. I'm really glad to see my brother supremely happy and deep in love:))). I wish you all the best. I hope we will see soon in Poland and then in Japan next year also.
1st June 2007

Fantastico lugar, felicidades. Pero, quien cuelga de la cuerda?
2nd June 2007

Just thought that i'll add another comment since you have so many already! C u in 4 weeks!!!
5th June 2007

Monkeys place
Dear Marisa: please, don’t go again to a place of monkeys with another monkey. The local monkeys try to attack the invader. Ja. Lovely place, and I think lovely weekend. Kisses for you two. Patxi
6th June 2007

Very funny Patxi!!! See you soon in Japan!
I think the monkeys did get a bit confused...maybe it was the long hair?? Also thanks to everyone else who has posted me a comment on this blog, I feel so popular, it's great!! Knowing that people are reading, or just looking at the photos or whatever, makes the effort I put in all the more worthwhile!! Cause it's a hassle sometimes, but I know, especially you Kate...and mum, would kill me if I didn't!!! Marissa xxx
12th June 2007

Super Mario Brother
Hey isnt it blasphemy to hang on a torii like that, especially a woman wearing hardly any clothes? Good thing the yamabushi weren't there to summons a samurai to dispose of this dilemma! I liked this post. Which is strange, because usually I found Amy's Japan blogs far superior to yours! Ha ha just kidding of course... :)
14th June 2007

Ha ha you guys are so cute that looks like an awesome place!!! Very romantic. Don't blame Mario that monkey looked scary!!!
24th June 2007

Hi from Chile
Hi Marissa, what can i say, you both enjoying the summer and i am getting a cold here in my starting winter...you know, 3 winters in a row, with no summer or spring in between because i my travel to Japan..jejeje I already told Mario you have to come to Chile, nice landscapes, mountains, rivers and 15 kg. salmon for fishing!!!!! Take care Tato Lazo tatolazo@yahoo.com

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