36° north – Japan -a week in January

Here is an overdue post from our week in Japan at the beginning of January. Coming from 36° south, it was much colder than our heatwave conditions downunder though not freezing and there was no snow.  It was great having a small boy (and his dad) with us and doing and seeing things from his perspective.

A few days in the Shimoda area (south of Tokyo) started our trip. This was the port where the Black Ships from the US first came and the replica which sails from the port was a wonderful pirate ship experience for our small boy. We adults enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the Izu peninsula and small boy found kite flying on the beach was great fun!


The Sagaswakan Ryokan in Izu was a fantastic experience for us all. Tranquil Japanese gardens surround the ryokan which is set beside a river  and provide the entry to a traditional inn where we all changed into the yukata (like the boys below), slept on tatami mats and bathed in onsen (hot baths).


We had a private onsen connected to our room (outside) which I thought wonderful. Small boy and dad also tried several of the larger ones spread through the inn.

Early morning light coming through the garden and over our onsen provided some lovely light in the traditional bathroom and atmospheric shadows on the wall outside.


Onwards and back to Tokyo the snow covered peak of Fuji seemed to accompany us and captivated small boy who was sitting in the back seat of the car with me.


In bustling Tokyo we did the usual sightseeing, watching master cooks at work, eating and shopping. Small boy enjoyed the many playgrounds and relaxed by watching movies on his iPad!


A last set of photos are from the Nezu Museum in Tokyo. The museum has a spectacular new entry way and building, the angles of the construction and the timber and glass  seem to bring the outside right in which is a major advantage given the extensive traditional gardens which surround the museum. Small boy found the gardens a wonderful place to explore after a fairly quick trot through the featured porcelain exhibition!


A wonderful week in great company!










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