White Beach Hotel
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... and I definitely had to try this (first time!). For those who don't know onsen: it's a natural hot spring and these can be found all across Japan. It comes with it's own rituals. First you have to thoroughly soap and scrub yourself under a shower, while sitting on a miniature stool that seems to be designed for infants. Then you make sure that you rinse off all the soap (also from around your shower place), before you slowly enter the ...
... in a pool, before heading out to the bay in the afternoon. Scuba diving, for those who haven`t done it, comes highly recommended: we saw an array of catfish, electric blue and orange fish, a few eels, lionfish, lots of cool stuff, even though the visibility was at times limited.
Unfortunately the journey home was less fun: it started badly when Gabe, his head still full of salt water and slightly dizzy after the pressure changes, got car sick and vomited. It got worse when we ...
Using information gleaned from our Japan by rail guidebook we made our way to Mishima station by bullet train in order to get as close as we could for a good view of Mount Fuji. This time we actually saw it from the train and also got a good view from the bus over to Motohakone. Getting off the bus I took a couple of great photos but then a pirate-looking ship was setting off across the lake and we jumped on that, not realising that that would be the end of our views until ...
We arrived in Ito by shinkansen, the super fast bullet train that Japan is known for, and headed to our inn with an expectation of some peace and quiet and a hot bath (a soak in a traditional onsen). What we didn't expect was just how amazing our stay would be! As we happened upon the building after a tiny stroll down the hill with our already heavy packs we turned onto a small side street to behold the 100 year old ...
... a concert on the river in Ito that evening and we decided to have a look as it was close to the hotel and we wanted to go out for dinner anyway. It turned out to be a performance by a local Taiko band. Hearing the smaller and larger drums being played together, accompanied by a flute was really great. And the whole thing taking place on the river made it magical. After a while it started to get pretty cold on the river so we went into ...