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Outdoor masters
Toji Tourism Association (Activity and Learning Council)
346 Toji Shimoda City

What is the specialty of this instructor?

Educational trip with full of nature in Toji


Sumio Watanabe


Sumi chan


I was transfered here and there due to my job, and I missed so often the beautiful ocean of Toji. After I returned home at my retirement, I started to help our family Minshuku and work for the educational trip. We used to receive school tours from Nagoya. I got friends with some of the teachers, even in quite a friendly manner. All the programs for students such as the tour on a fishing boat, sand skiing and watching sea creatures were such that I did when I was a kid. GEO spot 'Ryugukutsu' is drawing attention now. You can see the stratum and geographical features showing the formation of Izu from a cluster of submarine volcanoes. I 'm getting interested to make programs for adult tours.


Minshukus of my fellow villagers accept educational travels, with hospitality of fishermen's village, that is warm, but not elegant at all. Our guests are delighted with fresh fish and shellfish. The sand ski sled made by bamboo was replaced with plastic, though excitement of sliding down is the same. In the fishing boat experience, you can observe flying fish. When you see the Izu Peninsula from off the coast, rough steep cliffs, remaining of the volcanic islands in remote old ages, seem overwhelming you. An important cultural heritage, Seated Amitabah is settled in a temple. The statue was drifted ashore in Heian era. It is an idol to worship in the neighborhood.

My recommendations

The most favorite spot in the ocean of Shimoda and what makes the spot so special
Facing the Kuroshio current, the flow is fast and the transparency is preeminent. Abundant natural blessings such as abalones, turban shells and hijiki(seaweed) and high-scented laver are always at hand. You must traverse winding rocky cliffs to get to my secret spot. It is the best fun for me, to dive bless-hold, and pick shellfish.
Don’t miss them! Top three gifts of Shimoda
Overnight dried squid in winter. When you approach the village, you see squids suspended from bamboo nets, blown by the wind. When you look closely, squids are conneced hand by hand, looks so humorous. These squids are dried just after being washed in seawater, and will get exquisite seasoning. You must taste !
Great dating spots in Shimoda (with bittersweet memories of local guides)
Ryugukutsu Sea Cave. The stratum of millions of years ago formed when Izu was a southern submarine volcano, has been eroded by waves, to form a large sea cave. Dim skylight falls from the open window, above. Climing up to the observation deck, you can see a beautiful heart shape. Try to utter love to your sweet fellow, the feeling of love must be conveyed. Ryugukutsu is now, called heart spot, and getting familiar to young couples.
Sand ski with magical shape
Crafts in a nostalgic old school
A flock of flying fish comes up

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