So- the most famous beach town on the Izu Peninsula is Shimoda. It's dotted with incredible white sand beaches and pristinely blue water! It was paradise. Like I said earlier- I'm not a huge beach lover- but I LOVED shimoda. Maybe it's because most of our Japanese vacations are full of walking and hiking and shrines and dragging 4 tired complaining kids around. Shimoda consisted of relaxing and eating and then exploring here and there when we were water logged. It was exactly what we needed.
Most of my pics on the beach and in the water are taken with my cell phone or my water camera. For some reason I feel the need to explain that :) just so you know.
Even though this is possibly the WORST aged child to have at the beach- mack was in complete heaven. He ate tons of sand, drank buckets of salt water, and tried to climb out to sea on multiple occasions. It was a bit of a love/hate relationship with the waves :)
and with the sand :)
kent decided it would be easier on us all if we immobilized him.
and then metta wanted in on the fun.
The first day we arrived- it was pretty warm and the beach was empty! we spent all afternoon lounging and swimming and building sand castles!
Just as late afternoon/dinner time rolled around- the water filled with surfers! It was pretty fun to watch them all! Shimoda is supposed to have amazing surf conditions!
do you see how clear the water is?!
Saturday- our second day at the beach- there was a giant festival at KisamiOhama. That meant delicious food and all sorts of Japanese fun! there were food eating contests, dancers, and fireworks! we couldn't have planned a better time to be here!
We ate kakigori (snowcones), bubble tea, and gyros.
that night we sat right on the beach and watched fireworks shot off just a few yards away. It was pretty spectacular! and hopefully something our kids will remember forever.
they shot off shells into the water! we loved it.
Our beach house owner and friend, Abhi, recommended a little restaurant right down the road on the beach. It was called 'the mellow cafe'. The food was so delicious!! I think it was hawaiian food. we had pocoloco?! - meat with an egg and sauce on top, amazing stone fired pizza, and a cheese and potato pie. It all tasted so good. and wasn't japanesey at all :) I want to go back to shimoda just to eat here!!!
Ike would agree.
even the salad and fries were delicious.
Just next to our beach- we found the Ryugu caves park. There is a giant sand mountain that you can ski and sled down! we brought our roller slide sleds from the daiso (the japanese dollar store) and made the trek up the hill several times.
Here's mack grabbing at his middle name Kanji. Ryu.