Ito, Shizuoka 静岡県伊東市

Ito is small city in the Shizuoka prefecture, south of Tokyo. From Yokohama, I took a single express train and got there in around 2 hours. Honestly, I had no idea where I was going, or what to be expecting. I was just following the details for my accommodation in a ryokan! Later did realise that I had mistaken Shizuoka for Ito, however I had not ever regretted staying here. The first few days it felt like a ghost town, and the city was so tiny that I knew my way around.
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I arrived early in the morning, before I could even check in! So I left my luggage at the ryokan and took a stroll around. I took a few pictures just around where I was staying.

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One night I came out to eat here, man… it was a bit mistake!

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Ito is right on the edge of Japan, so you’ll see tsunami signs all over the place. Maybe I should insert a Google map here?

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I basically stayed with in the bermuda triangle of the 3 train stations Ito, Minamiito, and Kawana. I did venture out near Sagami-nada Sea, and was planning to head up to Mt Omuro, which provides the heat for our onsens. Home base was pretty much near Ito station. (my only escape route)

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The water is so clear! Reminds me of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, when the main character tries to steal cod from his grandpa haha.

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I went on a hiking expedition one morning, I went totally unprepared, dress for business carrying only my camera. I had to catch the Tokai bus from Ito station to Jogasaki-guchi. My first time catching a bus in Japan! It was so cool, I had to learn how to read a bus timetable, luckily I didn’t have to worry about working out how to pay the fare since I got some discount tourist pass, but I had a pretty good idea though. There is a board that lights up displaying the cost of each stop, and you basically have to pay the with the correct change. There is a change machine on board to break down your hard earn cash, it to puny coins. The narrow tunnels and steep mountains the bus took were so enchanting! It felt like spirited away. I wish I lived in such a nice place! Overall it was around a 40 minute bus ride.

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So basically my goal was to find the Jogasaki suspension bridge. I got lost and ended up here, where fishermen/divers (can’t remember) were getting prepared to do what they do.

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Eventually I got back on track.

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Check out that Onsen! Right on the edge of the country!

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Well at least I assume it’s an onsen, what else could it be since Izu is famous for onsens.

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Time for some refreshments, ice cream stops are everywhere! I recommend hachimitsu! It’s ice cream made from honey. It’s is really delicious. But you got to be crazy eating ice cream in the middle of winter right next to the ocean?

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More pictures around the onsen, and ice cream rest stop.

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Now just enjoy the pictures below, as it shows my journey to the suspension bridge!

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Only 0.6km to go! Also battery ruin lol

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One of the two favourite shots! I feel like a pro.

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Here is the other favourite shot

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Finally I made it! It’s a lot smaller than I thought.

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This is what it looks like underneath the bridge. If you fall, the rocks will break your fall.

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There is also a light house here just right behind me, I wonder why I didn’t take a photo of it?

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From here I’m making my way to Izu Kaiyo park so I can catch the bus back. I was starving, didn’t come prepared. I was suppose to travel to Mt. Omuro to seem my first volcano!!!

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Some people were fishing here. I was told that they were wearing harnesses but it doesn’t look like it from here.  But man it’s such an awesome fishing spot. Also I forgot to mention, since Ito is so close to the sea it well know for the marine life. So I also had to go fishing even though it is in the middle of winter. But that’s a story for another time.

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The path back home…

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Well I’m back in the city, well if you call it a city.

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Here is some sort of hotel. Or at least that’s what I got from the sign.

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Shrines! They are all over the place. In Tokyo, they are like stuck into the walls or something. It’s like your walking along a street then suddenly wooh! there’s a shrine.

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There is something about these buildings that feels haunted. Maybe the fact that this place is so empty.

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That’s someones house!

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Vending machines…

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This is one of those streets where I feel any moment that a parade will come marching through carrying a shrine, just like in Shinkon Jigoku.

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Oh look it’s another shrine! I actually went to two shrines in Tokyo, after the New Years.

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That’s my house lol! Well that is the place where I stayed. Over a 100 years old! It’s a beautiful place, it’s much larger than I had imagined, so much to explore! I was going to take a few pictures in and around the house before I left. But I met up with a friend and completely forgot!!!

I stayed in a mixed dormitory-type room. There was a lady who was there before me, I though she was a man because she snored so loud!! But that was only the beginning. Another man came to stay in the same room, he was travelling all over the place apparently he was only meant to stay 1 night but his ship got cancelled a few times and well he kept coming back. He would always try to speak to me in English, he was pretty good too! Apparently he doesn’t like flying, so he travels by trains and ships only.

Another guy came and OH MY GOD I had to put up with his snoring for 2 whole nights! A few nights later a nurse from Yokohama, and another lady from Hawaii, who works for the government (just like me) came to stay. The nurse told me how she was trying to shut up the guy snoring, and how he was apologizing.

There was another guy I didn’t get to meet but while everyone was sleeping, the guy who snores so loudly answered his phone. Which pissed him off. He shouted at him to get out of the room and take his call over there. Unbelievably my Japanese conversational skills are so good!

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Those street lamps has an anime point to it. Also there is a lot of pachinko parlors around the place. I guess I am too young to enjoy it. It is so noisy, and full of cigarette smoke. I did try it out since there was nothing else to do, I played until I lost all my balls literally! While trying to find a spot in the pachinko parlor away from other people, I kept getting strange looks. I has realised that I look borderline 18 years old. So everyone thought I was underage lol. Just an FYI I am 21!

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Ito is filled with cats!

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Here is the beach! I didn’t see anyone swimming though?

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Along this path is a McDonalds. The only one I know of.

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Oh yeah! It was almost Christmas around this time.

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My escape route. Ito station.

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See that clover on the back of the car. It means the driver is old.

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Jinji!

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I think they meant CAT TV.

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I stumbled upon this hobby store, it has a lot of rare items. They sell games, movies, model kits, airsoft guns, pretty much everything. I bought my airsoft gun from here, and a K-on alice in wonderland book.

Thanks for reading this far! I hope you enjoy it. Look forward to part 2, which contains everything that I could fit into this article, including a matsuri!

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