Minami izu sunset

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


Shokichi no Yu

This has got to be one of my favorite onsen, ever! So worth the journey up the narrow steep mountain roads (although I refuse to drive myself). When I mentioned that one of our previous guests had said, “Now this is off the beaten path.” another guest responded with “What path?”. This onsen is obviously […]

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Published on: June 14, 2011  -  Filed under: Hot springs

kanaya ryokan women's bath

Kanaya Ryokan Onsen

Kanaya Ryokan has been welcoming guests since 1866, but is most famous for its 15 meter long “sen-nin buro” (1000-man bath) built in 1915. This beautiful wooden bath is not only long but also very deep. In fact, it’s big enough to swim in. The women’s bath (pictured above) is much newer but probably just […]

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Published on: May 10, 2011  -  Filed under: Hot springs

onsens - the hot springs

Sunset Onsen

We often drive to the west coast of the peninsula to watch the sunset. There are some great viewing spots on top of high cliffs where you can enjoy soft hues in a colorful sky. Drive another 30 minutes up the coast and there are several free onsen to enjoy. Onsen water near the sea […]

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Published on: April 23, 2011  -  Filed under: Hot springs