Hokkawa Onsen Hotel
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... quiet and the speedlimit 40 kph, which seems impossibly slow. The Japanese also drive on the left hand side of the road which made things easier.
Our first stop was the pummice dessert. We were told it was near a concrete eruption shelter and soon located it. We parked the car and began to walk in when a local taxi driver passed with a car full and said it was a long way. So we copied him and went off road to reach ...
Day 2: Izu Skyline
All I can say is, you MUST ride this, and any/everywhere on the Izu Peninsula at some point in your life. You must do this especially if you consider yourself a keen moto tourer. The scenery and corner carving cahoonery is OSM (panorama). OSM. Sometimes when you read moto magazines they talk about an ear to ear grin when riding a bike. I had one of these. A lot. It was OSM. I felt so ecstatic because here I was, a total newbie to ...
... silly as Boxappy and his whole family, how could I not buy a whole pile of goodies? The bag I got to carry my purchases home explains the concept, such as it is:
SPA KONEKO [Spa Kitten] is the original character of HAKONE KOWAKI-EN YUNESSUN. BOXAPPY is a main character. BONJOUR*NON is his girl friend. They are bodies like a towel with a face like a box. It is the cat which likes a spa. They are looking forward to meeting always everyone at YUNESSUN.
... It turned out that Ito also has beautiful nature, and the hostel was really nice. So first about the onsen etiquette. When you go in, you undress completely then you go into the next room. Here you rinse/wash yourself in the shower, while sitting down on a small stool (no standing). Then you just sit in the hot water and relax for a while. It's really nice after a long day of sightseeing and walking around to just sit in the hot water for a while. You you get out, you ...
... The bus took longer, but the ride is straight up the mountain and has beautiful views.
Tokaikan used to be a ryokan in the 1920s, is now a national monument for its elegant woodwork, and now all 3 floors are open to the public for viewing.
Yamaki Ryokan is still open to guests: