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Last Friday, as a birthday gift to myself, I took a day off to visit the Izu Peninsula for three days. Actually, this was the first time since my start here in January that I took one of my precious days of leave. It turned out to become a weekend of many more 'firsts'.
It started with my first long-distance train ride in Japan. No shinkansen (yet); this was a scenic ride along the coast line. I heard all the stories about ...
... floor and made it to the room...and I know the pictures do not do it justice here because the room was a little slice of history all on its own. Tatami mats covered the floor and the wooden doors that slid open to reveal our private balcony were classic. I could almost imagine myself in ancient Japan! Putting our bags down in an available corner was about all we could manage before being tempted out onto the balcony to admire the view. ...
... was following a computercourse on Windows and she had to leave as it was about to begin. At first i wanted to go back straight to the hotel but i found a nice path along the river and decided to follow it for a while. It was a narrow footpath lined with a lot of trees but it had some brilliant views of the riverside. I could see Koi swimming in the river and i managed to take some nice pictures since the weather had also cleared up ...
... actual bullettrains that have been in use on the Shinkansen. It was not only possible to view them from the outside but also enter them and view the inner workings of each train. Pretty awesome if you ask me. :-) There were also several simulators in which you could learn how to ride a bullettrain and i was really anxious to try it. But since there are so many people wanting to try and only a few simulators you have to be lucky that your ticket gets picked out of the raffle ...
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 ...