Izu Geo Trail - Day 3

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Kawazu-chō, Shizuoka-ken, Japan
We woke to a beautiful sunny day. Hurrah!
A short bus ride to the start of our walk .

A great undulating mountain trail on the way to Kawazu Seven Waterfalls. Along the route we came across some Wasabi farms. These have existed here for over hundreds of years so even though they are now in a national park they are allowed to continue operating. The Wasabi relies on flowing spring water, sunshine and temperatures between 12 and 20 degrees.
The waterfalls are fascinating. Seven in sequence in a gorge with columnar jointed rock formations.
This walk is part of the route the student in the story of the Izu Dancer took, and there are reminders everywhere with a statue of the dancer and student at the end.

At the end of the walk we stopped at a small local restaurant for lunch. We had cold soba noodles with a wasabi root that we grind into a paste on a little board covered in shark skin to add to a broth for dipping the noodles into.
Back on the bus to visit Shimoda, a resort town now, but famous in Japan where the first American whalers were allowed to come to and the first American consul lived.
On the way we stopped at a lovely beach with a 1,200 year old Shinto shrine. Along the way our guide explained a bit about Shinto religion.

Then to our accommodation right on the beach at Iritahama.
We headed straight to the onsen and then to another sumptuous dinner. So many delicacies all sourced locally within 30 kilometres. Tonight we even had a lobster each. The lobster meat already taken out and cut up (raw) with the head and the tail on the dish for decoration.
It is a clear night with a full moon that we could see from our balconies.