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  • Only three hours away from Tokyo is the Izu Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geo park full of incredible coastline.

  • Come with me as I take 3 days to explore this amazing location on what will be an unforgettable journey.

  • Let's go!

  • [Life in Japan Theme Song]

  • Day 1

  • Ok we're packed up here.

  • I've got my bag ready, I've got my drone here...

  • Got my pillow, because you want to sleep with your own pillow when you can

  • And bag with clothes, extra shoes, and a bag

  • I think we're ready to do this thinglet's go!

  • Life in the city goes by at an almost frightening pace.

  • It's far too easy to get caught up in all the little details of life that we lose perception of the big picture.

  • I've come to this trail here. I'm going to go to the suspension bridge.

  • In order to keep the big picture in view, each year I hop in the car and go on a 3-day personal retreat.

  • These retreats are times of reflection and processing,

  • a time to enjoy nature and to take a personal inventory on life.

  • What's going well?

  • What needs improvement?

  • How can I develop as a person?

  • The answer to these questions and many others keeps my life on track.

  • I'm currently on Jogasaki Nature Course

  • It's a several kilometer course along the coastline and it is just beautiful.

  • This whole coastline was formed as the volcano erupted

  • And this giant lava flow came out and met the sea

  • And more stairs

  • What an absolutely gorgeous place.

  • Getting out into nature is one of the things I love to do for my own personal retreat.

  • A time to think clearly, to reset priorities,

  • I'm almost to the Hashidate Suspension Bridge...

  • And then I get to turn around and go back to the car

  • Which is probably aboutalmost 4 kilometers back

  • And then on to my hotel for the night.

  • If you're a nature lover like me, then Japan is a fantastic place to live

  • and getting out into nature puts me into a peaceful state of mind.

  • Here's the bridge.

  • If you don't want to do the bridge, there's a chicken out route.

  • We will not be taking the chicken out route.

  • Very cool.

  • There's people practicing repelling down there it looks like.

  • And over here, oh yea!

  • And that's the bridge.

  • Well now I'm heading back towards the car

  • But on a trail like this the nice thing is that even when you start heading the other way,

  • It looks like you haven't been there, because you haven't seen this before.

  • The sun has come out

  • And it is absolutely gorgeous coastline.

  • Well, I found the perfect spot for lunch here. And what's for lunch?

  • I have a sandwich: tomato, lettuce, ham & egg.

  • A tuna & mayonnaise onigiri

  • And blueberry yogurt with an orange juice.

  • I think there's a bird over here that wants to steal my food. But you can't have it.

  • Those rocks down there are really wild.

  • I'm starting to feel a little bit chilly, so it's time to get moving again. I'll warm right up.

  • A little bit of time in nature, and I'm already unwinding from the busyness of life.

  • How do you unwind?

  • Here we are. Back to the parking. Oh!

  • So nice. It's a great walk and it's good to be back.

  • Look at this.

  • From here it's a 48 minute drive to my hotel.

  • And these three days are off to a great start.

  • So many beautiful stops along this road. It's just one beautiful coastline after another.

  • I love it. This is the first time for me to be down this coastline this far.

  • It's been a lot of fun.

  • I'm planning 3 days, 2 nights in the Isu Peninsula.

  • This should give me enough time to unwind and reset.

  • And here's my room. It's got a nice place to work, a bed, a toilet... everything I'll need.

  • Definitely to the beach.

  • Oh yea.

  • Beautiful.

  • Driving along here, it is just absolutely gorgeous.

  • What a beautiful evening.

  • The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

  • The skies display his craftsmanship.

  • What a beautiful looking breakfast, oh yes!

  • OK, let's eat!

  • So I talked with the host, he's a super nice guy and made a great breakfast...

  • We sat there and chatted for awhile

  • And he gave me some points of things that I should check out here

  • And so I'm very excited to go check them out today.

  • And while I go, the whole time I'm listening to audio books,

  • I'm listening to the Bible, I'm praying,

  • And this is just a great way that I really am able to connect with God

  • And I'm able to hear his voice. It's great.

  • My first stop was at Shimogamo to see the joint blooming of the Sakura, or Cherry blossoms with the yellow Canola flowers.

  • You can walk for kilometers up and down the Aono River and take it all in, one step at a time.

  • It was the perfect day for this once-a-year experience.

  • So I like the Japanese: I love nature and I love that this is a country that loves nature.

  • Next I returned to the shoreline to explore some of its famous points.

  • This right here is the southern most tip of the Isu Peninsula.

  • And it has this incredible lighthouse here.

  • And just astonishing views

  • It says sunset and sunrise are great here.

  • It is extremely windy here at the tip.

  • Here are the seven islands of the Isu Peninsula

  • And from here, you can see most of them.

  • There's Ooshima, Toshima, Niijima, Shikinejima...

  • And some others

  • And there's where we are

  • From here you can see back to the parking.

  • It's just a short walk from there to here.

  • (Cell phone dings) Looks like I got reception.

  • I'm climbing this loop that is supposed to have incredible views.

  • Just like everywhere else here has incredible views.

  • I'm so thankful for my wife. She makes this all possiblethat I can go away for a couple of days.

  • And do this, it really makes a difference for our marriage, for our family, for our own lives and direction. We need this.

  • Oh yeah.

  • Aww Ruth, where are you?

  • Aw!

  • Wouldn't I love to get a picture with you here.

  • I definitely enjoy getting lots of footage here

  • But later on it has to get edited, so I should take some time and pace myself.

  • There's probably only so many seashores that we need to see.

  • It looks like I have a bit of a hike coming up.

  • So let's start the climb. Boy, it's a good thing I just had some lunch.

  • My friend back at the hotel, who runs the hotel, kindly told me about this place

  • And that it has spectacular views of (Mt) Fuji, and that it's worth visiting.

  • So I'm giving it a try, right here.

  • So apparently that first stairway was only a warm upcheck this out.

  • That is a whole lot of stairs.

  • One step at a time...just like life, one step at a time.

  • You don't have to do it all at once, you don't have to race up it.

  • You just gotta take it step by step, and it will be alright.

  • A lot of these places, they have a lot of stairs leading up to them.

  • I think the idea of working hard to get there is part of the attraction.

  • If it sounds like I'm breathing heavy, it's because I am.

  • The top!

  • Oh! It's the top of this stairway. Look at that thing.

  • Look at this! It's just sheer rock face there

  • The view from the top, I imagine, is going to be awesome.

  • But we're not done yet, because the trail goes on.

  • So let's move on.

  • Well now it's a full-out trail.

  • With switch backs and everything.

  • This thing is all-out mountain climb.

  • Gnarly, Dude.

  • Climbing up a mountain is considered a spiritual experience for people all over the world, Christians included.

  • There's something about the struggle of reaching the top and the perspective you gain from it that is so rewarding.

  • I think that's the top right up there. It could very well be.

  • Just a little bit more to go.

  • I was correct.

  • I can see the shrine. I can see a final stairway.

  • Here we go.

  • The water here is just incredibly blue.

  • Whew! I hiked up from all the way down there.

  • And you can still go a little bit higher yet.

  • The best view must be from up here. That would be my guess.

  • The very top point of this mountain.

  • What a great suggestion from my friend back at the inn.

  • Wow!

  • Eh!

  • Holy cow!

  • Mt Fuji would be over there, but you can't see it now because of the clouds.

  • But it really doesn't matterwhat a view!

  • What a place!

  • Somebody worked really really hard to build that there.

  • This mountain is absolutely crazy because it sits apartlike outside of the main peninsula,

  • You see, there's the main peninsula, it just goes all the way around,

  • And then there's like this mountain right in the middle of it

  • What craziness!

  • Going down is certainly easier on the heart, but harder on the legs.

  • And you have to be a little bit more sure footed on the way down because

  • It can be easier to slip if you're not careful.

  • Too bad I just can't ski down this thing. That would be cool.

  • I mean, not with these shoes, that wouldn't be cool.

  • Not without skis, on snow...

  • Not on a stairway...

  • But assuming this was a mountain with snow, and I had skis on, I would totally go for this.

  • The ironic thing is that my hiking shoes are in the car. I had no idea.

  • Oh, here we go. It's the endalmost the end of the journey.

  • The parking lot's down there, my car's down there

  • And I have water down there, so that's good.

  • Look at thatthat's what I just hiked upthat huge pointy mountain.

  • I had no idea it was going to be like that, but what a great suggestion.

  • Big stairway up a mountain leading to a great view? Hey, why not?

  • I am just an absolute sucker for these things...

  • I see one and I can't pass it up.

  • It's just too goodtoo awesome.

  • That's one of the things I absolutely love about living in Japan

  • Is that I share this love for nature, for incredible places

  • And the Japanese certainly have that down pat.

  • Some absolutely wild trees down in here.

  • Gorgeous view.

  • It looks like they've cleared out a lot of trees here.

  • And a lot of trees through there so that they could build their flower garden

  • Which I'm sure will be spectacular when it's in season.

  • It's been just a great day. It's time to head back to the hotel and rest a little bit.

  • Before we keep going: a quick pitstop for some coffee, oh yes!

  • Before heading back to the hotel, I decided to take one final detour.

  • This time I would walk through the gardens at Tsumekizaki Park and head up to the lighthouse on it's cliffs.

  • There really is no lack of incredible places here in the Isu Peninsula.

  • This is awesome.

  • And it might be the end of the day but hey stairs! Why not?

  • Oh! Well now if that isn't just perfect framing.

  • It's like they were expecting you to come this way.

  • Yes! Don't mind if I do.

  • Seeing the lighthouse at dusk was a perfect way to close up the second day.

  • And as I reflected more, I was overcome with thankfulness for my family, my friends, Japan and our lives here.

  • I'm thankful for each one of you who is making this journey with us.

  • And I am thankful for a hotels with onsens.

  • Oh! What a fantastic day, and now I'm back in my room. It feels good to be back!

  • And it's time for an onsen bath!

  • Here we go — into the stone onsen!

  • You get changed right here, and after you get changed you come over here...

  • You shower off. Japanese always shower off before entering the onsen.

  • And then right here you take the top off and enjoy!

  • Day 3

  • As day 3 dawned, I made my way down to Ryugu Sea Cave.

  • The persistent tides of the ocean carve impressive structures out of these rocky coastlines.

  • Here at Ryugu, they say that the cave that was formed even looks like a heart from above.

  • I wondered if there would actually be a heart. There's a heart. Look at that.

  • Look at those sand dunes there, my goodness!

  • Yesterday I was mentioning how I would love to ski down that slope,

  • Well that sand slope right there could definitely be skied down.

  • I just don't have my skis with me.

  • As I began my trek back home, I stopped along the way to see Kawazu Seven Waterfalls.

  • Each waterfall, separated by a decent hike, was beautiful and unique.

  • The way the falls cut through the volcanic rock was mesmerizing.

  • And here's the top waterfall! Whoa, look at that! It goes right on over there!

  • Oh my goodness!

  • Here it isJoren Falls, one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls.

  • Oooo, check it out.

  • There it is.

  • The fallsthey are awesome.

  • Beautiful Izu Peninsula was the perfect place for my 3-day retreat in nature,

  • and I look forward to coming back here again someday with my family.

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  • and I'll see you next time on Life in Japan.

Only three hours away from Tokyo is the Izu Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geo park full of incredible coastline.

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3 Days in World Famous Izu Peninsula | Life in Japan Episode 99

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    Summer posted on 2021/03/19