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Izu Peninsula: Day 2

The second day of our Izu adventure greeted us with a beautiful sunrise just outside our lanai. After a buffet breakfast (which included offerings of miso soup, fried fish, and fermented soybeans), we checked out, buckled up, and headed to our first stop of the day….Hagachizaki-en! This is “wild monkey paradise”. With over 300 “free-range”… Continue reading Izu Peninsula: Day 2

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Izu Peninsula: Day 1

Hubby and I decided to do something random – nay, crazy. We signed up for a 400 kilometer-long, overnight tour of a place we had never heard of before: the Izu (Eee-zoo) Peninsula. Situated 260 kilometers (162 miles) southwest of Tokyo, the Izu Peninsula is famous for its deeply indented coastline, volcanic mineral hot springs,… Continue reading Izu Peninsula: Day 1

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Shomyoji Temple of Yokohama

This morning Hubby and I decided to hop on a train bound for Kanazawa-bunko in order to visit Shomyoji, a Buddhist Temple with beautiful gardens and hiking paths. Apparently, Shomyoji has been rather hidden from the world since its establishment in 1260. It is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the city,… Continue reading Shomyoji Temple of Yokohama