The Mountains of Izu


Anna is ready for another adventure. She has her adventure boots on.

(The first part of this adventure was recounted in an earlier post.)

Brian and Mika's house

This is Brian and Mika’s house (on the left). Mika’s parents live next door.

Noriko and Hiromi

The grandparents. Mika’s parents are Noriko and Hiromi.

Brian's boss

Brian’s boss gave us a 2-night stay at a seaside resort, so we stopped to say “Thank you.”

the rice harvest

Then we drove past the rice harvest…

riverside fishermen

…past the riverside fishermen…

mountainside villages

…through mountainside villages…

Joren Falls

…until we reached Joren Falls.

Cane poles for fishing.

Cane poles for fishing.

A place to cook the catch.

A place to cook the catch. Or, on second thought, that looks more like wasabi than fish.

Wasabi mustard grows here.

Wasabi mustard needs cold mountain water to grow, and here is where it grows.

The thunderous Joren Falls.

The thunderous Joren Falls.

beyond the mountains.

The way to our destination continued on beyond the mountains.

.through mountain tunnels

…through mountain tunnels… (20 tunnels in all)

school buses offloading children

…past school buses offloading children…

mysterious mountain pathway

…past mysterious mountain pathways…

Shimoda, home of the Black Ships.

…to Shimoda, port of the Black Ships.

from Izunokuni to Shimoda

Our journey had taken us from the top of the Izu peninsula, Izunokuni (top arrow), through the mountains to Shimoda (bottom arrow) on the coast.

Our home away from home for two days.

Our home away from home for two days.

First view of our room - traditional Japanese features

First view of our room – traditional Japanese features.

basic hotel features

The rest of the room, basic hotel features, including ocean view.

family portrait

After a nice dinner, a nice family portrait.

urfers were already catching waves.

As the sun rose the next morning, the surfers were already catching waves.

a walk on the beach

We went for a walk on the beach.

watched the surfers.

And watched the surfers.

the Shimoda aquarium.

Then we caught the bus to the Shimoda aquarium.

friendly turtles

We were greeted by friendly turtles.

The seal show

The seal show was mesmerizing.

Welcome to Shimoda

The sign says, “Welcome to Shimoda.”

volunteer from the audience

The dolphin show got interesting when they asked for a volunteer from the audience.

“Anna, meet Flipper.”


“Good show!”

 Black Ship caricatures

Back into Shimoda to learn about the Black Ships of Commodore Matthew Perry.

Ryōsen-ji Buddhist temple

Ryōsen-ji Buddhist temple was the scene of an important treaty signing when the U.S. and Japan opened relations in the 1850s, and was the home of Commodore Matthew Perry during his visit.

  Perry Street.

We took a walk down Perry Street.

 a traditional Japanese house

The cross hatch design and tile roof indicate a traditional Japanese house, built on a bamboo framework, that Perry would have recognized.


Men of Shimoda.


Remembering Matthew Perry.

we reluctantly left Shimoda.

Glad that there had been no tsunamis during our visit, we reluctantly left Shimoda.

the corkscrew bridge

Back up the mountain, and the corkscrew bridge at the steep part.

authentic French bakery

Near Joren Falls, the Patissery (authentic French bakery). Yum.

the Dollar Store

Final stop, stocking up at the Dollar Store.

The third and final post of this series is called The One Sunny Day.



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