Vegetarian in Shimoda (and tips 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 … Read More

Minami Izu Kayaking Shimoda Japan

シーカヤック with Surface

Sea Kayaks have got to be the best way to explore Izu’s incredibly beautiful coastline. Guides can take you into caves and through natural tunnels. There are quite a few sea kayak tour guides in the area. We went with … Read More


地魚メインのお寿司屋さんです。 以前は回転寿司でしたが、コロナの影響か現在は注文して握っていただく形で営業されています。 アクセスの良さと気軽に入れる雰囲気ですが、金目鯛をはじめとした地元の魚を食べられることもあって、観光客を中心に人気で、休日は並んでいることも多い人気のお店です。 Read More


下田の道の駅にあるRa-maruさんでは下田の名物金目鯛を使った下田バーガーを食べられます! 大きなバンズですが、そこからはみ出すくらいに大きい金目鯛のフライ、チーズ、たっぷりのレタスに分厚いトマトとボリューム満点! Read More

Michi-no-eki (road station)

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. … Read More

shimoda bus stop to kisami

Izukyu-Shimoda to Guesthouse tabi-tabi

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 … Read More


吉佐美の国道沿いにあるサウスカフェさんはいつも賑わっている人気店! 私たちも伊豆に来てから、自分たちだけで来たり、友人と来たり、スタッフのみんなと来たり、何度訪れたかわからないほど。 Read More

minami-izu-trail-view shimoda Shizuoka Japan


下田市田牛から南伊豆町逢ケ浜まで海沿いの様々な形の岩が作り出す風景や打ち寄せる波を眺めたり、静かな森の中を歩いたり、アップダウンと変化に富んだ遊歩道です。 コースはわかりやすく、危険度も低いので挑戦しやすいトレイルです。 Read More

Ryuguktsu sea cave shimoda Izu Japan

Ryugukutsu Sea Cave

sand ski hill shimoda izu geopark


Sand Ski Hill is right next to Ryugukutsu, a cave that opens up to the sea so if you want to see one you should definitely check out the other. We have toboggans guests are more than welcome to borrow … Read More

Morinookurimono Bakery

Shimoda’s wood-burning-oven bakery is set in the heavens above. The scenic drive through the country side, then a hair-raising thrill ride up a steep and narrow mountain road is so worth your test of faith (and brakes!). Once you are … Read More

shimoda seasfood local food izu fish


宿泊施設を運営していると、滞在されるお客様から、一番美味しいお店はどこですか?と聞かれることが多々あります。 その方の好みにもよりますし、下田にたくさんある美味しい飲食店から選ぶのも、なかなか難しい質問なのですが、ごろさやさんをオススメしています。 Read More

Minami Izu boat cruise shimoda Shizuoka

Izu Cruise

As I have mentioned in my blog about kayaking, the best way to see Izu’s beautiful and rugged coastline is from the sea. But if you are not feeling so active and don’t want to spend a day paddling then … Read More

Kannon Onsen

Kannon Onsen  is tucked away among greenery in the rugged hills of Shimoda. The hot-spring is famous for its super alkaline rich waters. The same waters are flowing through shokichi-no-yu but for those without a car, Kannon onsen is a … Read More

Yamatokan Onsen

One of the closest onsens to Retreat wabi-sabi and Guesthouse tabi-tabi is at the Yamatokan Hotel on Tatado beach in the Kisami area of Shimoda. It  has a private and public onsen non-staying guests can use at certain times and … Read More

Happy Buddha Smoothies

Happy Buddha Smoothies is a little hard to find but totally worth the extra effort. To get there take the main road and turn at the entrance for Irita Beach (between Re-mix and the Chinese restaurant). Instead of following the … Read More

Maru Cafe

Maru Cafe is set in a quaint old Japanese house just steps from Maiso Beach to get there you need to cross the river. We recommend taking the wooden board-walk along the river then use the overhanging bridge, Maru Cafe … Read More


伊豆の綺麗な海の中でも特に透明度が高いと言われているのが、入田浜です。 コンクリートで護岸されていない自然な海岸線と白い砂、透き通るような透明な水はハワイや海外のビーチリゾートと比べても美しいと言われるほどです。 Read More

Yumigahama Beach Minami Izu Japan


弓ヶ浜はその名の示す通り大きく弓なりに美しい弧を描くビーチです。 松林がビーチ沿いに広がっており、その環境を大切にしてきたため、白い砂に松の緑、山々の緑と美しい景観が残されています。 Read More


多々戸浜はサーフィン向きのいい波が立つこと、有名なプロサーファーを輩出したことで、サーファーに人気のビーチで、波のいい日には沢山のローカル、ビジターサーファーで賑わいます。 Read More

Cubstar Cafe

If you love a good sandwich, like I love a good sandwich, you have got to check out cubstar in Shimoda. They have a Panini lunch special to please everyone. A veggie version with mozzarella and cheese, the pescetarian special … Read More

osaka to shimoda by train

How to get to Shimoda from Osaka and 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 … Read More

On the Beach

私たちもよく利用させていただくのですが、ハーブカジキ&バルサミコソースが特にお気に入りです。柔らかくハーブの効いたカジキの身にバルサミコがすごく合うんです。 Read More

Kisami Ohama Beach Shimoda Izu Shizuoka Japan



wabi-sabiから砂利道を歩いて、ペンション2軒を通り過ぎ右側に出てくる砂利道を進めば、5分ほどで海へでれます。 Read More

Juice cleanse detox and yoga retreat shimoda izu japan

Detox & 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 … Read More

Shimoda port Izu Japan

A Danish View of Japan: På eventyr i Japan

Japan betyder ”solens ophav” og kaldes for Nippon, 日 (sol) 本 (ophav), men er bedre kendt som solens rige. Efter at have opholdt mig i Japan i to måneder, fremgår det tydeligt hvorfor, at solen har sit herredømme i dette … Read More

shimoda on a bicycle

Japón no es solo lo que viste en Doraemon!

Si durante tu infancia (o puede que incluso ahora) fuiste un fiel seguidor de estos dibujos, al llegar a Japón y empezar a descubrirlo te vendrán a la mente muchas, muchísimas semejanzas que harán que sueltes una sonrisa de vez … Read More