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Cafe and Chill Space at Retreat wabi-sabi

We have grown yet again and still have lots of ideas and plans in the works. We have come to accept and even embrace the idea that we will never ever finish renovating, growing, developing, designing, and creating. We hope you  too will enjoy our constant transformations. 2 years ago when I was showing a […]

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Published on: March 3, 2017  -  Filed under: News, Restaurants & cafes

Coya Cottage Rental House in Kisami, Shimoda!

Retreat wabi-sabi is expanding! We have added Coya Cottage to our expanding options of accommodation 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 […]

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Published on: July 12, 2016  -  Filed under: News

A day bicycle ride south and around the coast!

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: July 24, 2015  -  Filed under: Sports & leisure

Bistro Domani

Fancy something a little more fancy? A variety of French, Italian, and original dishes are beautifully presented at this cozy spot half way to town.  Bistro Domani offers full dinner courses or choose from 2 very reasonable dinner sets. Set A includes your choice of a main dish, plus appetizer, dessert, baguette or rice, coffee […]

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Published on: August 27, 2014  -  Filed under: Restaurants & cafes

Breakfast at Fontaine’s

I think most foreigners living in Japan would agree that there are not enough breakfast places around.So I am happy to have discovered a great new spot with fluffy omelettes, toast, Italian coffee and freshly squeezed OJ. They even have an outdoor deck. And on top of it all, it is less than 15 minutes […]

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Published on: August 4, 2014  -  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).

I suggest you use Hyperdia to check for train schedules, or even better, call the super friendly folks at the JR East English info line. They will be able to help you choose the best departure time. Sometimes leaving later means arriving earlier! The number is:

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(If you are calling from overseas, drop the first zero and add the country code 81)

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperdia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda throughout Japan.

****One more note, when you are transfering in Ito or Atami, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: September 14, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Hirizo: Underwater Wonderland

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 500 […]

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Published on: September 12, 2012  -  Filed under: Sports & leisure

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 the […]

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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 Shinkansen 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 takes a mere 2 hours but will cost you ¥7090 one way.

You can read about the cheapest option here, and the easiest option here, or call the JR East Info line for help: 

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(If you are calling from overseas, drop the first zero and add the country code 81)

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperderia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda throughout Japan.

****One more note, when you are transfering in Ito or Atami, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: April 20, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation