The day started in Tokyo, early. We got up and packed away and then went to Tokyo st. to get on our Shinkansen. We made it in fine time and got on the right train. We knew that the trip would be 3 hours long and that we should shift to afterwards. We were looking forward to be in Shimoda soon.
We rode out of the Tokyo rain and I fell asleep. And woke up just before the trip was over. Then we had some problems finding the right train and we missed it - with 90 minutes wait before the bext one. Gosh, we were so frustrated.
We went to talk to some taxi guys and I thought I heard something about "wrong side of the island" - they only talked in japanese - and they would not drive us to our hotel. They sent us on laughting.
We sat down to wait for the next trai whilemydad tried to ask around if there was a quicker way. He came back looking dumbfounded.We had taken the wrong shinkansen.
Yes, that is correct. We had planned a wrong route because apparently there are TWO SHIMODAs?! But the train station we were supposed to get off at was named Izusuki-shimoda or something like that.
SO we had to take the train ALL THE WAY BACK to Tokyo. We were just glad we had missed the second train on that wrong route.
It was crazy. 2 times 3 hours made up our one wrong step and then there were further 2 hours of travel to the RIGHT Shimoda. We travelled 1500 kilometers in one day.
I was shocked and angry and let it out on my edamame.
We arrived at our onsen hotel at 21:00, 7 hours later than expected.
So that is where we are now; enjoying Izu at our spa resort. It really is a resort, which I am not that happy about. They were having Hawaii evening when we arrived yesterday. But the onsens are great.
We went into Shimoda town. It is kind of dead at the moment, because we are in the off-season and many shops have not opened up just yet. Still, it was quite fun.