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A lovely escape to Izu peninsula

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An escapade to see some greenery and warm up your soul after it has been worn down by the noise of the city.

Climb aboard the Japanese high-speed train, the Shinkansen, to travel towards Izu. For close to two hours, you will go through cities, the countryside, and rice paddies, with Mount Fuji looming above.

Stop in Mishima, to visit the contemporary art complex presented in full nature: the Clematis no Oka Centre has three art museums and a literary museum, restaurants, a café and museums shops. Here you can visit the Izu Photo Museum, inaugurated in 2009 by Hiroshi Sugimoto, and wander in the garden, where sculptures by contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama and the Italian Giuliano Vangi reach toward the sky. Last stop, for a pleasant night, reserve a room at the luxury ryokan, Asaba, where you will sleep like a lamb on a double futon. You can also dip into the hot springs, the onsen, where you can bath nude in a private indoor hot spring bath.

Finally, in the evening, in a private salon, dressed in a kimono and sitting on tatami mats, you will taste the savoury Izakaya menu at a low table, in the Japanese style.

Clematis no Oka
347-1 Higashino, Nagaizumi
Sunto District
411-0931 Shizuoka

Ryokan Asaba
3450-1 Shuzenji
Izu Shi
410-2416 Shizuoka

+81 (0)5 5872 7000

www.clematis-no-oka.co.jp/e/031_aboutus/031_aboutus.html

www.relaischateaux.com/us/japan/asaba-izu-shi-shizuoka-ken

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