Posted by: thewhitesintokyo | October 15, 2009

Izu Camping 2009

Loving Izu

Loving Izu

After a few months in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, we both tend to develop a craving for some nature time, without the gangs of obnoxious muffler-hating motorcyclists, stoplights and sidewalks, and metal and cement…well, everything.

IMG_5172Last year, we stumbled on an incredible beach on a southeastern peninsula of Japan called “Izu.”  The peninsula hosts some great spots for surfing and camping, but since many of these camping spaces cost nearly as much as a hotel fare for a nights stay, we decided to find a good spot away from other people and pitch our tents.  Unfortunately, this year, the gorgeous spot we had discovered last year fell victim to the recent typhoon.  The beautiful sandy beach that was the setting for our nightly ritual of campfire songs was completely washed away by the typhoon.  So, this is what was left: rocks.

Where's the sand?!

Where's the sand?!

Since this beach was obviously not an ideal spot for camping, we decided to press on and keep driving around until we found a spot (thanks to Justyna, the only one in our group with a Japanese driver’s license).  We drove past some incredibly beautiful places, but had a hard time finding a spot to camp near the ocean.

Beautiful gal in a beautiful part of Japan

Beautiful gal in a beautiful part of Japan

We even began a several kilometer hike to a different beach before discovering that we could actually drive there (much easier with all our gear).  So, we hiked to the top of a hill anyway to enjoy the view and then headed back to the car to drive around the corner of the coastline to a new and as of yet, undiscovered beach.

Hiking to Futo Beach

Hiking to Futo Beach

Admiring the view before we head down

Admiring the view before we head down

We didn’t find a pristine sandy beach there either (probably related to the typhoon), but we did find three families who had begun to stake out camping spots in a gorgeous bit of flat land surrounded by rock outcroppings and great swimming areas.  Hurriedly, we grabbed our stuff and started setting up in the only remaining three spots that could possibly fit a tent.  Within an hour, about a dozen others had set up their one-man tents all around the same area.  From what I could tell, many were kayakers that looked they’d been doing this for several days.

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Our tents & dinner spot

Our tents & dinner spot

With the campsite set up, we enjoyed some great time swimming through rocky coves, jumping off little rocks into the water, taking our friends’ little puppy “Rascal” surfing, and eating some goodies prepared by Chef Rachael, and singing the night away.

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Brendan

Brendan

Angelic Triston...love this shot

Angelic Triston...love this shot

Camp food a la Tokyo Terrace

Camp food a la Tokyo Terrace

Some songs by the fire

Some songs by the fire

All in all, it was an amazing day and a much needed refresher after a few solid months in Tokyo.  If you visit Japan, we highly recommend you visit some of these little coastal fishing villages.  They’re built in the same vein as the fishing villages on the Italian coastline, though still remain humble and unassuming.  Now that’s what I call a perfect campsite.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you can see this when you wake up either…

The great Fuji emerges from the clouds

The great Fuji emerges from the clouds

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Responses

  1. Nice pictures. Glad you found a great new spot. Hopefully, it was relaxing. I didn’t see a picture of you, Brad, jumping off a rock and into the water…..I was actually glad about that. Ha Ha

    • Yeah Maaa, I didn’t do any jumping this time around either. Just a little hiking, cooking, and swimming through coves. It was beautiful camping there, and we’ll show you all this when you come visit!

  2. That was a really good post, Brad.
    Enjoyed the whole thing.
    Last pic gave me goosebumps! 🙂

    • It’s amazing how Fuji can impress a real sense of humility on an entire population. We all know that it’s huge and it’s perpetually there, reminding us of its dormant power. It gives me goosebumps too!

  3. That was *such* a wonderful time. I love camping in Izu. It was a much needed break from the city. Great post, babe 🙂

  4. a) Your wife is pretty.
    b) I seriously want that dog Rascal!
    c) Looks like a lovely trip!

    • a) The absolute prettiest.
      b) Rascal rocks, almost as much as Callie.
      c) Camping anywhere + sweet spot in Japan = loverly.

  5. Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess Ill just have to keep checking yours out.
    LOL,

    • Hey Savannah,

      Glad you stopped by! I haven’t been keeping up with this as much in our second year in Japan, but I definitely encourage you to try. It’s easy to set up and a nice way to vent or share interesting stuff when it happens. Keep in touch.

      -Brad

  6. Wow.. this looks like such an amazing please. Heard Japan is beautiful. thanks for sharing your pictures and experience. I love camping and hiking so much in fact I created my own website with camping supplies. Still love to hiking. Mostly in BC Canada.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Ron and thanks for stopping by. If you ever visit, drop us a line and we’d love to help you plan your trip. It’s not quite Canada, but it is amazing.


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