I planned on having a rad writeup about all the totally random attractions, theme parks, and dodgy bubble economy left overs in Izu. Timing was perfect. 3 weeks of summer camp work, with a random few days off in the middle. While the other staff would take the express rapid train back to Tokyo, I was going to slowly ride the bike around, camp, and visit 80s sex museums, ruined water parks, and turtleariums. All of which exist.
But a typhoon came for exactly the days I had off. So I too took said express rapid back to Tokyo. Upon my return, had a little bit of good weather, so the multi day tour was more like a few hours.
Anyways, here are a few oddities out of the many from the peninsula 150km from Tokyo. Enjoy!
Fairly standard, depressing zoo. But it has a...
... Shinto poo shrine? Elephant doodie if I recall.
メキシカンサンド - Mexican sandwich. A pita (?) pocket filled with taco meat and a chorizo. Hot! Spicy! New!
Some poor kid made an official wish at a shrine. The dream is to have an internet penpal. Why not include your mail address with the wish, T.S.? A no-brainer, ね?
Atagawa is rad!
Onsen vents all over the place. But is something special about this one?
You can cook your own eggs in it. A natural hot spring dedicated to deliciousness.
温泉卵, them eggs were pretty damn tasty, with a little local sea salt on top.
Up above the onsen is a whole mountain covered with windmills.
But the highlight of Atagawa, in the South East of Izu is...
The Banana Alligator Farm. For like $20 you can check out a bunch of gators, then see banana trees. Thats about it. But it was still kick ass.
Not too crowded!
Souvenirs include a banana-croc-hybrid plush.
Rad banana ice cream.
And a plate of banana curry.
I will be back again, and when I do, I will be sure to hit up some enka music museums, wasabi farms, and other random things.
Izu... for when you did everything else.