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On the Beach

On the Beach is not actually on the beach but their BBQ sets are all wrapped up to go so you can certainly take it to the beach, or to the boardwalk, or back to your room, or anywhere else you would like to enjoy a fresh and delicious BBQed lunch set. They have a […]

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Published on: November 29, 2017  -  Filed under: Restaurants & cafes

We’ve got rental bikes!

Retreat wabi-sabi, and our second location Guesthouse tabi-tabi, have the cheapest rental bikes in Shimoda. They are simple “moma-chari” (shopping bikes) , but they are the perfect way to get around town for only ¥500 / day!  If you are staying at Retreat wabi-sabi, the easiest and fastest way to get to Kisami Ohama Beach is actually […]

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Published on: November 27, 2017  -  Filed under: Sports & leisure

Juice Cleanse and Yoga Retreat

In October 2017 Retreat wabi-sabi hosted it’s very first juice cleanse and yoga retreat. 9 participants joined us for 2 nights / 3 days to detox, relax, and re-fresh the body and mind. If you have never done a detox program it really is a great way to focus on your overall well-being and reset […]

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Published on: November 26, 2017  -  Filed under: Events

Mount Omuro Crater Archery

Have you ever done archery inside the crater of a volcano? Bet you didn’t even know it was possible, but the Izu Peninsula has it all! I highly recommend making a stop in Ito for a chair lift ride up to the top of Mount Omuro. Omuro is a 580 meter high extinct volcano with […]

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Published on: November 21, 2017  -  Filed under: Sports & leisure

Naocacoan Vegan Lunch Box Delivery

If you have been in Japan a while and are trying to maintain a plant-based diet, you know that your options can be pretty limited if you want to eat out. I was a fairly strict vegetarian when I came to Japan,  a few exceptions I made were for katsuo-dashi (fish broth) so I could […]

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Published on: November 20, 2017  -  Filed under: Restaurants & cafes

Kisami Ohama Beach

Kisami Ohama Beach is our “home beach”. Just a 4 minutes walk and you’ll be skipping into the sea. From Retreat wabi-sabi walk back down the dirt road, turn right at our large parking area, and you will see another dirt road on your right, that’s the short cut to the beach! You will pass […]

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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