Tips and tricks for buses, trains, ferries, and planes for Shimoda, Izu and the rest of Japan

Travel Advice

Vegetarian in Shimoda (and travel advice for vegans in Japan)

When I first came to Japan 20 years ago, it was a real challenge to remain vegetarian. There were very few restaurants that catered to non-meat eaters and very few servers understood when I asked for something without meat, “niku nashi”. Some places would ask, “do you have an allergy”, other places thought I was […]

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Published on: January 3, 2020  -  Filed under: Restaurants & cafes, Travel Advice, ノーカテゴリー

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

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

Tokyo to Shimoda………. the cheapest way.

The cheapest way to get to Shimoda is to take the Odakyu Line train from Shinjuku to Odawara and transfer to the Tokaido line bound for Atami or Ito, then finally switching to Tokyu’s Izu Kyuko line from there. The train from Shinjuku to Odawara takes 93 minutes so be sure to catch an express. […]

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

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

The easiest way to get to Shimoda is by Odoriko Super Express train. Some of the trains are called Super View Odoriko because they have raised floors and windows that extend to the ceiling so you can enjoy views of the shimmering ocean and the lush landscapes of the Izu peninsula along the way. The […]

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Published on: April 6, 2012  -  Filed under: Travel Advice

Shimoda Station to Kisami Bus Schedule

To get to Kisami from Izukyu Shimoda Station you can take a bus from the rotary right outside the station. Look for the big orange signs. Busses departing from bus stop 2, 3, and 4, all stop at Kisami Bus Stop. You can walk towards Ohama beach and Retreat wabi-sabi from there.  The 10 minute […]

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Published on: April 3, 2012  -  Filed under: Travel Advice

道の駅 (Michi-no-Eki)

道 (Michi) means road, の (no) is a possessive like our ‘s, and 駅 (eki) means station. Together you have “Road Station“, which have all of the conveniences of a train station but is made for drivers and their cars. All michi-no-eki are organized by the government, and provide basic travel needs like free 24 […]

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Published on: March 18, 2012  -  Filed under: Travel Advice