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Kisami Ohama Beach

Kisami Ohama Beach is our “home beach”. Just 4 minutes walk and you’ll be skipping into the sea.

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Published on: May 14, 2017  -  Filed under: The beaches

wabi-sabi Cafe and Chill Space

We have come to accept and even embrace the idea that we will never ever finish renovating, growing, developing, designing, and creating. We have grown yet again and still have lots of ideas and plans in the works. Please come and check out our latest project, the new wabi-sabi cafe and chill space. We hope you  […]

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Published on: April 1, 2017  -  Filed under: Restaurants & cafes

How to get to Shimoda from Osaka or Kyoto

To get to Shimoda from Osaka, or Kyoto, you should take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Shin-Osaka or Kyoto Station to Atami (141 min). From Atami take the JR Ito line to Ito (23 min) and from Ito take the Izu Kyuoko Line to Izukyu Shimoda Station (69 min). For the more adventurous, there is […]

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Published on: March 10, 2017  -  Filed under: Travel Advice

Snorkeling in Izu

  From Guesthouse tabi-tabi, take a 40 minute bus ride down and around the coast to Nakagi, pay a 1000 yen for a 5 minute boat ride and you’ll arrive at the underwater wonderland, Hirizo. Before boarding the ship you can pick up some cold drinks, and rent the required snorkel and mask for only […]

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Published on: February 12, 2017  -  Filed under: Sports & leisure

A day bicycle ride south and around the coast of Izu

Dear guests and future guests, my name is Maddy, I am a thirty years old French girl traveling around the world for six months and the Izu Peninsula is by far my favorite place until now. I really enjoy the serenity that surrounds me here and the nature which is everywhere has a lot to […]

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Published on: February 10, 2017  -  Filed under: Sports & leisure

Coya Cottage rental house Ohama Beach, Shimoda

                Retreat wabi-sabi is expanding! We have added Coya Cottage to our accommodation options in the very popular Kisami area of Shimoda. Coya means “small house” but it’s big enough for families and larger groups who prefer a bit more privacy. Coya Cottage is a Japanese style cottage that was built over 40 years ago. […]

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Published on: July 9, 2016  -  Filed under: Uncategorized

Retreat wabi-sabi is open!!!

We would like to announce the birth of a new tabi-tabi! On July 19th, 2014 we opened our second location in Shimoda (third in Japan), and proud owners we are! Although our other 2 locations, Lodge tabi-tabi in Hakuba and Guesthouse tabi-tabi in Shimoda, bear the tabi-tabi name, we quickly realized that having 2 places […]

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Published on: August 3, 2014  -  Filed under: Uncategorized

Izu Cruise

As I have mentioned in my blog about kayaking, the best way to see Izu’s rugged coastline is from the sea. But if you are not feeling so active and don’t want to spend a day paddling then I highly recommend taking a 25 minute cruise around Irozaki. Irozaki is the southern most tip of […]

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Published on: September 5, 2012  -  Filed under: Sightseeing

Cafe Mellow

For those of you who have been visiting the Kisami area for sometime, you may have noticed that Paradise has been lost and in it’s place Cafe Mellow has set up shop. Although some of the changes will take some getting used to, we were impressed with the food, service, and reasonable prices. Despite the […]

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Published on: June 10, 2012  -  Filed under: Restaurants & cafes

Tokyo to Shimoda,………. the fastest way.

The fastest way to get just about anywhere in Japan is by bullet train or what the Japanese call Shinkansen. There are no direct Shinkansens from Tokyo to Shimoda but it is possible to take a shinkansen half way, from Tokyo Station to Atami, and then transfer to a Super Express called Odoriko. The journey […]

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Published on: April 20, 2012  -  Filed under: Travel Advice