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Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls

The Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls are seven incredible waterfalls in the mountains of south-eastern Izu. A rainforest café-cum-art gallery and incredible onsen experience make for a great day trip from Retreat Wabi-Sabi. Kawazu Nanadaru Waterfalls Hiking Trails Tucked into the hills above Kawazu Town, the falls range from the towering 30-meter high Odaru Waterfall to the […]

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Published on: June 26, 2020  -  Filed under: Hot springs, Sightseeing, Sports & leisure

Corona in Shimoda

UPDATE: From April 29th to May 6th, all non-essential businesses in Shimoda have been asked to close. Only the supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores etc. will remain open. Tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels, and other styles of accommodation will be CLOSED. Public parking areas will also remain closed. As mentioned below parking areas to beaches, parks, hiking […]

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Published on: April 27, 2020  -  Filed under: News

Iratahama beach

The entrance to Iritahama,  Irita Beach in English, is not well marked, moreover, parking is limited and so since access is limited it tends to be a little quieter than some of the other beaches in Shimoda. However, it is one of the most beautiful beaches. The crystal clear water laps up onto the sand […]

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Published on: July 5, 2019  -  Filed under: Beaches

Yumigahama Beach

Yumi means bow, as in “bow and arrow”, in Japanese and if you have been there you will know why. Yumigahama is a perfectly rounded shape bay and because it is a bay it is well protected from waves so on typhoon days or on any other days where the Kisami beaches have big swells […]

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Published on: July 5, 2019  -  Filed under: Beaches

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: July 5, 2019  -  Filed under: Beaches

Tatado Beach

Tatado Beach, Tatadohama in Japanese, is made famous by the surfers in the area and so tends to be a little busier with locals and tourists wanting to catch some waves. If that’s why you have come to Shimoda, please be aware that at Tatado short-boards rule but long-boarders are welcome at the left side […]

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Published on: July 5, 2019  -  Filed under: Beaches

Shimoda est une ville côtière sur la péninsule d’izu.

Shimoda est une ville côtière sur la péninsule d’izu. Entre Tokyo et Kyoto où nous avons passé plus d’un mois. C’étais la première fois que j’entendais parler de cet endroit et nous sommes arrivés ici grâce a l’opportunité d’y faire un workaway. Je me souviens du trajet en train, j’étais un peu nerveuse et je […]

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Published on: July 5, 2019  -  Filed under: Other voices

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 en cuando recordándolo. A mi me pasó creo que durante la primera semana hasta que […]

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Published on: July 5, 2019  -  Filed under: Other voices

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 land. Symbolsk tillægges solen mange guddommelige kvaliteter på tværs af kulturer, da den bringer lys […]

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Published on: June 5, 2018  -  Filed under: Other voices

South Indian Food & Live Music

Surya will be coming back to Retreat wabi-sabi’s cafe to offer a delicious South Indian curry set. On May 27th & 28th a vegetarian set lunch will be offered at ¥1500. Sunday evening will include live Indian Music for ¥3000. We are super excited to be able to offer  (and eat!) Surya’s delicious curries again. […]

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Published on: May 21, 2018  -  Filed under: News