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04/30/2012

Golden Week part 1: Izu Peninsula

Hello everyone!

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Golden week is a week where many company employees and students have time off due to Japanese national holidays. This year, today (Monday, April 30th) and May 3rd-4th are the holidays. For the first weekend, I went with a group of exchange students to the Izu Peninsula.

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We checked into your ryokan, or traditional Japanese inn, K’s House Ito. We stayed in Ito for our three-night trip, and for the first day we took a bus and toured our area of the peninsula.

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Our beautiful room and ofuro, traditional Japanese bath

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We started off by taking chair lifts up to the top of Mt. Omuro, a dormant volcano. We were rewarded with beautiful sights of the coast by walking the circle around the top.

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Afterwards we headed to a suspension bridge and the Kadowaki cape lighthouse. We took a few detours from the traveled path, and ended up hiking over rocks to get to the shoreline. It was absolutely stunning!

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The next day, only a group of four took about an hour and a half bus and train ride to visit the seven falls of Kawazu. Unfortunately two of the seven were closed for construction, but the falls we were able to see were amazing!

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There was a section of the falls that had drinkable water- so refreshing! We went off the trail more than a few times, and ended up walking along the river’s edge to one of the bigger waterfalls.

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I cannot recommend visiting the Izu peninsula more than I already have! The views are amazing, and it’s a great change of pace from the Tokyo lifestyle.  Even if you can only go for a day trip- do it! Anyone and everyone in Japan should visit this amazing location. There s so much history, such as protected natural treasures, and life in the country offers an entirely different perspective on Japanese life. 

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