Izu Peninsula in Eastern Shizuoka Prefecture is the most famous and oldest hotsprings area in Japan. Start either from Atami or Mishima JR Shinkasen Stations and visit this great region by train, bus or car!
If you begin your journey from Atami, take the train to Ito City and change onto the local private line and get off at Izu Koogen Station. From there you can either walk (45 minutes) or take a taxi if you are in a hurry!
Guest House Kazeyoubi in fact is a private pension with real hotsprings private bath and open-air bath fed with water coming from the nearby Ooumuro Yama, a long-extinct volcano.
The Guest House is a bit out the ordinary as it is conceived and decorated as a Spanish House with Spanish food as its main course for dinner! Plenty to please and satisfy expats! The owner actually told us that foreigners are far from being the exception, but keep in mind that they offer Japanese cuisine options as you will see later!
As I said, the whole interior decoration has been conceived along Spanish lines!
But the Japanese bath on the balcony is definitely Japanese-style with real hotsprings water!
The rooms do have European-style shower, bathrooms, so no worries there, either!
There is also a « rotenburo »/open-air semi-public bath. As the guest house has only 6 rooms, you will always find some time during the day or night vacant all for yourself (ves)!
The dining room for dinner and breakfast has also been decorated in Spanish style. You can even eat on the verandah when the weather is good enough!
Dinners are served early from 18:00 but breakfasts start from 08:00 (nothing Spanish about that, LOL!)
Now, expats will happy to learn that meals are Gargantuan by Japanese standards! Above Amuse include Iberico Smoked Ham!
Now if you want to drink wine (Spanish. There are all kinds of drinks available, though!), ask for « nomihoudai »/ »drink as much as you want » system, it’s a bargain!
We had ordered the sashimi plate on the Internet as an optional dish to an already great meal!:
-From top clockwise (see above picture):
Aji no sashimi/Saurel Sashimi
Aji no tataki/Saurel cut in small pieces
Katsuo/Bonito with freshly grated ginger
Inada/Young Japanese amberjack (buri)
Ika somen/Cuttle-fish served in long thin strips
Notice all the shiso leaves!
The very Spanish garlic soup!
The (small) lobster (enormous) paella for two!
The fresh vegetable dip to help us wait for the next courses!
The Iberico Pork Steak for me,
and a great Japanese Beef steak for the Missus!
Do not ask how we managed to finish the dessert (actually, I helped the Missus!)!
In fact eating dinner so early was a good idea, because
I had to help the Missus finish it!
Guest House Kazeyoobi, a place I would definitely recommend to anyone, especially considering the great smiling and attentive welcome!
Guest House Kazeyoubi
〒413-0235 Ito City, Oomuro Kougen, 7-210
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