Travel Blogs from Izu
... and paper, so anyone holding a flyer or wearing flowing fabric had a deer-wrestle ahead of them. This accounts for practically every tourist on the island and makes for amusing people-watching. Since leaving the island, I spent some whirlwind days in Tokyo and even managed to stay in my first capsule hotel. My pod was clean, comfortable and completely unchanged since the 1970's. Not a bad experience overall, though ...
... stations before we went to the summit, the drawback with this, though, was that although we were warm enough when we were climbing, as soon as we stopped to rest, the cold was seeping through into our bones. We were just going to have to really slow down our walking pace from here on in. We arrived at station 8.5 at just after 3am. The sun was due to rise at 5:11 and it would only take 80 minutes to reach the top from here so we went into one of the huts along the way ...
... but the centre-piece of the weekend is the display on the last night. At the time, it was hands down the single greatest fireworks show I have ever seen.
Japanese people's love for fireworks really needs putting into contest. Numazu is only the 110th biggest city in Japan. It is of a comparable size to Warrington (though there are far fewer people on the dole here). Any fireworks show Warrington decided to host would most ...
... so it was time well spent.
Now that I look back on it, the climb wasn't all that difficult. You were perpetually out of breath and your leg muscles burned from start to finish, but we were managing okay. Reaching the 9th stage was a relief though. We knew that between us and the summit was just a little more effort. We encouraged each other onwards, and set off the last leg of the climb. Only, it wasn't. I did think that the next station looked ...
... rate. All windows and doors are open, I have a 2 litre bottle of ice on my chest... and I am still ludicrously warm. The air here is oppressive; it completely saps you of all motivation and energy. Not exactly the best conditions for an epic 2-week long journey around Japan then.
Before we get to all of that though, a little about the city which I will be calling home for the next 9 months (at least). Numazu is a small seaside city of around ...
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