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Sarah:My Summer Trip!2018.08.23


Hello!
英会話イーオン日立校
カウンセラーの
Nobukoです♪
“Obon Vacation”はいかがでしたか?
今日はSarah先生が夏休みの
思い出をシェアしてくれています!

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Dear readers,

 
I hope you had a great Obon holiday!
Remarkably, summer is almost over!
I can’t remember what cool weather feels like.

 
Today I’ll be talking about
what I did during the summer holiday!
I went on a little four-day journey
to the south, to Hakone and Izu.

 
Before last week I had never been
to Hakone or to Shizuoka,
so I thought that this would be
a nice option for a summer trip,
seeing as it’s not too far from here
but still somewhere new for me.

 
The first stop on my trip was Hakone.
I arrived there on the Saturday morning
by Romancecar from Tokyo,
which was very quick and convenient!
My expectations of Hakone were
that it would be very touristy
like Kamakura, and that everywhere
would be quite busy given that
it was a holiday season.
But in actuality, I was pleasantly
surprised! Hakone is such a big area
that it didn’t seem busy at all!
It was nice and quiet, and very peaceful.
I really enjoyed the serene mountain
atmosphere, and it was great to feel
so surrounded by nature for a change.

 
On the first day, the weather was cloudy
with some sunny spells. I went to
Lake Ashi and to Hakone Shrine,
and enjoyed the scenery there.
After that, I took a boat and
the Hakone ropeway to Owakudani,
where I ate black eggs and saw
a live volcano for the first time
in my life. It was really interesting.
The weather was such that
we couldn’t catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji,
but fortunately due to the wind
the sulfur smell from the volcano
was very weak and it didn’t stink!
Once I’d had my fill of black eggs,
I took the ropeway and cable car
down to the town of Gora
where I had a lovely dinner
in a restaurant with a nice footbath outside!

 
I stayed in a small, traditional Ryokan
along the Tozan railway line,
which had an outdoor hotspring bath.
It was my first time using such a bath,
so that was really exciting for me!
It was a really relaxing experience
after a long day of travel and activities.

 
On my second day in Hakone,
we didn’t have as much luck
with the weather. After a cute and
atmospheric brunch at a café
(with another footbath!) overlooking
the misty mountains, thunderstorms began,
and heavy rain ensued for about
three hours. This was a good chance,
however, to visit some of Hakone’s
art galleries! I went to the Pola Museum
which had an interesting Redon exhibition on,
and enjoyed tea from a Monet cup
in the museum café. Once I emerged from
the Pola Museum, the rain had ceased
and I was able to visit the Open Air Museum,
which was also really lovely! Although
I couldn’t see much of the mountains,
the cloud and mist made for a nice atmosphere
and I was able to take some good photos.
While at the Open Air Museum,
I also enjoyed another footbath!

 
Then, after two days of art, baths,
and nature in Hakone, it was time for me
to move on to my next destination!
I took local trains to Odawara and then
to the seaside town of Ito in Izu,
where I stayed for the second night
of my trip. The place I stayed at was
another lovely onsen ryokan, and
I enjoyed another nice natural
hot spring bath (although this time
it was indoors).

 
The next day, the weather was glorious!
The skies were so clear and blue!
So in the morning I took the opportunity
to go south a little and walk along
the Jogasaki coastline. This coastline
was so pretty, and the weather was perfect.
I took some great pictures, and spent
a long time enjoying the views
and the sea breeze. I also tried soft cream
made from mountain peaches and
Shizuoka strawberries. I had such
a nice time that I was almost able
to forget about the fact that it was
nearly forty degrees. When I returned
to Ito a few hours later, I did a little bit
of shopping for local goods,
and looked around near the beach
which was very crowded due to
the weather. Finally, after another
long day of activities, I returned to
Tokyo by shinkansen from Atami.  

 
I spent the night in a Tokyo hotel
which was very underwhelming
compared to the two lovely ryokan
I had just been to, but I slept the whole time
anyway because I was so exhausted!

 
And now of course I’m back to normal life
in Hitachi again! I’m really glad
that I chose Hakone and Izu
as summer destinations,
because they weren’t too touristy at all,
and they were really stunning places!
From the misty mountains of Hakone
to the shimmery beaches of Izu,
it was all beautiful. I’ll definitely
consider going back someday.

 
Thanks for reading about
my Summer adventures!
If you’d like to know more
don’t hesitate to ask!
I’ll also be looking for recommendations
for my next trip.

 
All the best,
Sarah

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