Shimoda Tokyo Getaway With Kids

July 6, 2008

We went to Shimoda this weekend, a beach area just 2 and half hours south of Tokyo. We took the Superview Odoriko which has a play area for kids. (Get your ticket for a seat in car 9 or 10 (green car)). The play area is in car 10. It is a bit run down but great for kids to run around and have space to move. There’s also a nursing room and a changing table.

We stayed at the Sakuraya Pension in Shirahama. The owner is fantastic and speaks perfect English. He had loads of suggestions for us on what to do during our stay and was incredibly kind to us. The pension is up a steep hill. We took a taxi from the station (10 minutes and about 2000 yen). The pension was 5800 yen a night per person including breakfast.

Everywhere we ate we had tatami mat seating which is much easier for kids and they staff always came out to entertain our bean and also gave us a bowl and spoon for her to use.

We spent Saturday morning on the beach and our bean slept 2 hours! We swam and lay in the sun and relaxed. Heaven. The water was too cold for her but we enjoyed it. The Japanese think we’re crazy to go swimming already. We were there in late June and the season doesn’t start until mid-July. Be warned – it’s a short season – August the waters are full of jellyfish!

We went for a nice walk to an old lighthouse. A nice 2-3 hour walk. Not rigourous and well marked. Not stroller friendly but easy for a confident walker or a baby in a carrier


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