Over the last day and a half, I’ve been seeing as much as possible of the area around the Izu Peninsula in Japan.
For those who want to venture out and see scenery like that above, Hana Fubuki is a great place to stay with seven different, private natural hot springs baths. This ryokan in Izu Kogen is fantastic. Only flaw is that they didn’t have sandals to fit size 15 feet. I hobbled along anyway.
William “Miura Anjin” Adams, the British Sailor memorialized by James Clavell’s Shogun, spent a lot of time in Izu after washing up on Japan’s shores in 1600 and eventually becoming friend and foreign policy adviser to Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu — sort of like Denis McDonough is to Barack Obama (without the washing up on the shore).
I am back to Washington, DC tomorrow.
— Steve Clemons