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Published: August 6th 2007
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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