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 […]
Published on: January 24, 2018 - Filed under: Activities
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 […]
Published on: November 20, 2017 - Filed under: Restaurants & cafes
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 […]
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 […]
Published on: July 12, 2016 - Filed under: News
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 […]
Published on: July 24, 2015 - Filed under: Sports & leisure
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 […]
Published on: August 27, 2014 - Filed under: Restaurants & cafes
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. UPDATE: Fontaine no longer serves fluffy omelettes but they do open early for coffee and freshly baked bread and pastries. They even had a nice smoked salmon sandwich […]
Published on: August 4, 2014 - Filed under: Restaurants & cafes
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:
(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.
Published on: September 14, 2012 - Filed under: Transportation
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 […]
Published on: September 12, 2012 - Filed under: Sports & leisure
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 […]
Published on: September 5, 2012 - Filed under: Sightseeing