Strawberry Vending Machines, A Big Buddha, Micro Shrines, Unstaffed Stations & Being The Only Train Passenger In Izu

The majority of my time in Izu back in early May was mostly just spent at home with the family but on about the sixth day I finally found some time to get out on my own for an afternoon. Subsequently I headed down the east coast to find a big buddha which I had found completely by accident whilst scouring Google Maps one day. Shojoji Temple is part of the Izu 88 Temple Pilgrimage which I had never heard of until I later did some research on this place.

 

As there was a lighthouse a few minutes further south I decided to check that out, and nearby to that was a shrine with some trees that were far from upright!

 

Unlike the phallic-shaped lighthouse in Jogasaki (back up the coast), the 72 metre-tall Inatorizaki Lighthouse wasn`t really interesting to look at all! It has been there since 1972, and is supposedly located in a difficult place for maritime traffic on the cape.

Walking back to the station, it began to drizzle a bit but I still took the far more scenic tour through some thin, winding backstreets.

There were a couple of micro-shrines along the way.

 

Closer to the station was Sumihiroshi Temple (285 Inatori, Higashiizu, Kamo-Gun, Shizuoka-ken); a quite interesting, traditional temple with ancient relics, gardens, sculptures, a red footbridge and a 750 year old tree.

     

750 years may be old but when you`ve seen a sacred tree which is over 2000 years old (located near Kinomiya Station which is one stop from Atami) you do tend to turn your nose up at such things a bit. Impressive or not I didn`t spend too much time here as the rain was getting a bit heavier, I had no umbrella and I needed to get the train.

  

The following day I returned to the same area albeit a couple of stops further down the east coast, and yet again I had the train pretty much to myself.

 

The unstaffed station of Inazusa was the first stop.

 

After a short bus ride, I then had to walk for about ten minutes to my destination but along the way I came across a fairly unique vending machine. It is unlikely you`ll see this kind in the city but in the countryside these are a bit more common and often sell all kinds of fruits and vegetables. It was 400 yen for some strawberries but as tempted as I was I didn`t bother as I`d had lunch before I left and so wasn`t even slightly hungry.

     

The Uehara Museum of Art was the reason I went out that way as I was curious about it having often seen it advertised inside the stations and trains in Izu.

 

Back at Inazusa Station I then got to ride on the Kurofune train but sadly it was just for a few stops. Not really a problem though as I’ve ridden on this cool-looking train a fair few times now but never have I had the whole carriage to myself!

 

Like the old London bus adage you wait ages for one and then two come along at once, and similarly I then came across yet another vending machine selling strawberries. There were some tomatoes too. This time there were two sizes priced at 300 yen and 500 yen respectively. I still didn`t splash out on any though as there`s a limit to what one can spend just for getting a few likes on social media!

 

When I`d left Izu-Inatori Station the previous day I found out about a fairly unique and interesting little museum devoted to hina dolls so I knew I wanted to return. Little did I know that it would be the very next day!

 

Just outside of the Hina Doll Museum was a footbath which I`d have liked to use to soak my weary feet but I didn`t have a towel or anything I could dry my feet with.

Izu-Inatori Station is something of an arty one as a load of paintings line the platform walls on one side. Impressive they are too.

   

Despite countless trips to Izu I had actually never really noticed the area of Inatori on the map until this trip so it was nice that I went there this time and I will return soon to see a few other places in the vicinity that I didn`t have time for.

Click here to read `Visiting The Museum In Izu Which Is Dedicated To Hina Dolls`

Click here to read `The Search For A Big Buddha Statue As Part Of The Izu 88 Temple Pilgrimage`

Click here to read `This Museum of Art Is Not Easy To Get To & You’d Buddha Believe It!`

Click here to read ‘Unstaffed Stations Of Japan #3 – Inazusa’ 

About tokyofox

A Leicester City fan teaching English in Japan
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2 Responses to Strawberry Vending Machines, A Big Buddha, Micro Shrines, Unstaffed Stations & Being The Only Train Passenger In Izu

  1. Kaiju Eiga says:

    Great places! I particularly like these old trees, the mini-toriis and these little lost Japanese stations with crazy charm that I particularly like. It makes you want to be there I envy you, thank you fox!

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