Hokkawa Onsen Hotel
Travel Blogs from Higashiizu-cho
- Early start in order to catch Express at 8am from Shinjuku Station
- Another stunning clear sunny day!
- pleasant trip to Hakone (train very fast through the suburbs)
- bus up a very winding (and picturesque snowy road) to hotel with direct view of Mt Fuji
- dropped off baggage then on to Lake Ashi
- very distinctive cruising vessel for an ...
Ito is a laid back city with lots of onsens. I stayed at the K's House hostel. It's 2900¥ but very nice place to stay and it has a onsen which one can explore. The hostel used to be a hotel and it dates back to 100 years ago. Very old wooden structure. Quite an experience for couple of nights. To get here it took me most of the day. It was two train rides and 5 hours of travel. Relaxed in the bath and have a good night ...
... on a slightly downhill road. I made good time as I worked my way back to Mishima satisfied with the quality of riding in the Izu Hanto. This area is almost like a mini version of Japan with mountains, coastline, little villages, rice fields and onsens all within easy reach of one or two days of cycling.
Safely back at the Toyoko Inn, the tour is now over. I will summarize the stats and my final thoughts in the next entry.
... Tokyo beat Hiroshima 3-0 on the back of a 3 run homer and solid pitching from a young guy named Sugano who was pitching some great stuff.
All in all, it was a good day of riding followed up by a nice evening in the onsen hotel. I am impressed by the variety of riding in the various regions in Japan that I have been to. Although I haven't really ventured out of central Honshu, the cycling has been first rate.
... somewhat inspired by my current reading of Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" which I discovered on a bookshelf where I was staying in Nagoya. It just happened to fall into my backpack as I was going out the door.)
I'm planning to book an onsen for tomorrow night (Thursday in Japan) as the Izu Hanto is a popular onsen destination and there are some cheap deals on weeknights. The plan is to travel light with just one change ...