Wasabi Ice Cream, Wild Boar, Ayu Trout And Joren Waterfalls in Yugashima, Izu Peninsula
The false and the true wasabi ice cream!LOL
If you wish to visit Izu Peninsula, one of the most famous tourist spots in the whole of Japan, be it for a single day or longer, there is a very simple way to do that allows you to explore the area on or off the beaten tracks.
Wherever you come from in Japan or Shizuoka Prefecture, first go to Mishima City and change trains from the JR Railway Line to the Private Izu Hakone Senzu Line which will take you all the way to Shizenji, its final destination.
Then at the Shuzenji Bus Station (beside the Railway Station) choose your destination (buses cover the whole peninsula from there) and enjoy a quiet ride. Take the very back sats if you can as they are always elevated and enable you to enjoy the views on the way from a better angle!
This time my destination was the Jyoren Waterfalls/浄の滝 in Yuugashima/湯ヶ島.
Don’t forget to take a picture of the bus stop sign for your collection!
What’s that inside the bus stop shelter?
« Beware of the Wild Boars! »
It’s not a joke! (Mind you, they make for good food, too!)
They look cute, but their sausages are a local delicacy!
They are also delicious as Inoshishi Man/猪まん/large teamed wild boar dumplings!
Incidentally visit the nearby souvenir shop where you can find Shizuoka Green Tea, real Shizuoka Wasabi Schochu and extravagant Shizuoka sake!
Now, what does that sign say?
Here they are! Here they are!
Real wasabi (soft) ice cream (I mean the one in the front!) made with wasabi grown in Izu peninsula!
Really piquant and sweet! A must!
Alright let’s go to the waterfalls!
But first consult the board for some useful information!
Quite a few stairs waiting for you!
More wasabi is apparently waiting for you downstairs!
More information on the way to the waterfalls!
Do make a point to read it!
More wasabi ice cream waiting for you!
And fresh wasabi roots on sale!
Can you see the wasabi water fields on your way down?
Impressive, isn’t it?
What are they doing?
Fishing ayu trout/鮎!
Now, here is some great fun for you and your kids:
Ask (for a fee) the small shop below to lend you a rod, line and lure to catch the ayu trouts in the river flowing away from the waterfalls and have your catch grilled for immediate pleasure!
Go there in the colder season when the water is pure and crystal clear!
Our destination: Jyouren No Taki/Jyoren Waterfalls!
You will realize there why the water in Shizuoka Prefecture and Izu Peninsula is so famous!
I must take a dip there next summer! (I wonder if they will let me?)
Looking forward to visit other spots in the Izu Peninsula!