My birthday request was a city escape, white sand beach and turquoise water. That’s all I wanted. Shimoda seemed to be our choice. No boat or plane involved. My husband put everything together and managed to keep the place a secret. It’s quite impossible to do this with a wife like me. I’m the kind of person to try figure out the birthday or Christmas present. I was incredible close ruining this trip. Luckily, I didn’t. Not this time, at least.
So let me tell you a few things about Shimoda in case you want to add it on your bucket list which you will after seeing all these pictures!
First of all, Shimoda is located about 200 km southwest of Tokyo. Damn close and easy to reach! If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo then you should consider taking one day trip to Shizuoka Prefecture. If you’re lucky and there will be no clouds that day, you can also spot Mt. Fuji on the way! And second, be ready to find mainly sea food as it’s the speciality of this prefecture.
We had to checkin first. I hate checkins. You waste precious time on smiling and filling some papers. 5th floor. I open the curtains and all I could see was the ocean and the white sand beach. The hotel where we stayed had a private beach, something pretty rare here. I didn’t want to waste one more second in the room.
The truth is that I was deeply impressed. I didn’t think I can find a place like Shimoda with white sand beach and turquoise water so close of Tokyo. My husband was so good at hiding everything. Just 200 kilometers away and yet so different of its surroundings.
Oh! The sand. The sand is so smooth and warm. We’re sitting and watching the waves. He tells me this place is well-known among surfers. I see why. Huge waves to catch, white sand and turquoise water. I would love to try surfing at least once in my life. Just me and the ocean.
I look around and I admire the perfection feng shui of the beach. We’re here. Just me and him and there’s nothing more precious. We’re here to savour the sea’s indefinable beauty and let its vastness seep into our mind. We’re here. I kiss him fast on the chick and whisper “thank you”. With luck, we will carry fragments of it home as memory.