Izu Eats

Driving round the Island on a rainy day (Oct 2013)

Continuing from my earlier post on Izu – Day 1, on our second day, we decided to drive towards the local food street near Atami Sekitei, where there was a supermarket and other small goods stores. It was such a horrid weather, was just raining the whole day, made it a bit stressful to drive around.

View of the street where the supermarket was - love the overhanding signals.
View of the street where the supermarket was – love the overhanding signals.

Ah yes, I forgot to mention LY is obsessed with food and any kind of supermarket. Well it was a good thing we came here, as the Kyoho grapes and musk melon was so cheap compared to Tokyo. We couldn’t believe it. We had to buy them and LY asked our ryokan lady to serve the melon and grapes for us at dinner time 🙂 This was really the best discovery ever!

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Squareish persimmons and spiky bittergourd - how cute are they?
Squareish persimmons and spiky bittergourd – how cute are they?

Oh my Lord - 980 yen for Kyoho Grapes!!! That's like US$10!!! It's a mere fraction of the price in Tokyo food halls.
Oh my Lord – 980 yen for Kyoho Grapes!!! That’s like US$10!!! It’s a mere fraction of the price in Tokyo food halls.

And we had to take a picture of this tofu shop spotted by LY. It looked so much like the tofu shop in Initial D the movie.

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Y and I planned on this day to drive westwards of Atami towards Numazu Fishing Town and pop into some of the yummy pastry and cake shops that I had bookmarked. Kotobashi  Address: 〒 410 -3215 Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture Tsukigase 580-6 Tel: +81 558 85 0213 With a pig as their mascot, this pastry shop’s specialty is red bean cakes in interesting shapes, as well as fresh cream cakes, and also plum syrup, which I brought back to Singapore and it’s so yummy!

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Like many of the pastry shops in Izu, all were decked out with the Halloween theme.
Like many of the pastry shops in Izu, all were decked out with the Halloween theme.

Ume syrup - a must buy to bring back home. Just mix with water in a full bottle, chill in fridge and drink, it's a great digestive!
Ume syrup – a must buy to bring back home. Just mix with water in a full bottle, chill in fridge and drink, it’s a great digestive!

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Numaza Fish Market This is a must go when you visit Izu. Please learn from us – Come here in the morning. By the time we got here as we got distracted along the way with other foods, it was already 1 plus in the afternoon, and most of the local stalls in the wet market were closed. Thank god, the lunch place I was keen to check out was still open.

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We headed to a local restaurant in this area called Uogashi Maruten known for their tower tempura. There’s also lots of great sushi restaurants here, but we just felt like having hot food. Shizuoka-ken, Numazu-shi, Senbonminatochō, 114−1Japan Tel: +81 55 963 0202

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We saw a table behind us ordering this fried fish, and we just pointed to it to order, guess got to be thick skin especially when we are faced again with an all Japanese menu. This Tempura Tower – is amazing, made up of onions, prawns, scallops and the crispy batter, it’s a skill to have assembled this, get it fried and served in this form. Quite impressed. It was pretty tasty and unique too. You can have it with ‘don’ (rice) but we opted for no carbs.

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Nope we didn't eat this, but it looked so freaky I had to take a picture.
Nope we didn’t eat this, but it looked so freaky I had to take a picture.

Great view as we drive towards the yummy pastry shops.
Great view as we drive towards the yummy pastry shops.

Next stop on the list, was Pets De Donne cafe (ペ・ド・ノンヌ柿田店), known for their beautiful cream cakes! To be honest, I was pretty full from the lunch, but we just had to get some of the cream cakes! Address: 136−47 Kakida, Shimizu, Sunto District, Shizuoka Prefecture 411-0904, Japan Tel: +81 55-976-6400 The shop had a really cute exterior, and was just a stand alone shop tucked away in it’s own corner.

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If I stayed in this town, I would be buying cakes from here ALL THE TIME!
If I stayed in this town, I would be buying cakes from here ALL THE TIME!

Bear cookies - Y bought one for me to eat :)
Bear cookies – Y bought one for me to eat 🙂

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Oohh, the swiss rolls looked so good, we ordered a slice to try for the road trip.
Oohh, the swiss rolls looked so good, we ordered a slice to try for the road trip.

Cloudy skies beckoning on the way to Uchiara Bay - hope it doesn't rain!
Cloudy skies beckoning on the way to Uchiara Bay – hope it doesn’t rain!

A rather artistic shot of the surroundings of Pets De Donne. Loved the sky set against the cable tower and the elderly man cycling along. If you are into photography, I have to say that Izu really has a lot of beautiful spots for photography, whether it’s nature or just of the moment shots.

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On the way to Uchiara Bay, you can pop in to this cluster of food specialty stores that sells Izu’s famous products like strawberry mochi, fish crackers, and lots of strawberry related products. We chanced upon this rather randomly and we ended up having to pay 2 times toll fee, wasn’t very smart ha ha.

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There’s a large specialty store in here (see below), where Y bought the raspberry mille feuille tart back home for friends and families as souvenier. It’s amazing how it feels like it’s chilled when you eat it, but it doesn’t need to be chilled. Everyone who ate it loved it so much!

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There were lots of strawberry related products too, and knowing how obsessed I am with anything strawberries, Y bought some nice strawberry choc cookies for me.

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Next we went to the Strawberry Daifuku which is what drew us here when we saw a billboard along the way to here. With various fruits wrapped with mochi served in individual cups, we had to buy the strawberry to eat. It was really delicious, and the mochi was light and delicate. They were really strict with the phototaking.

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Last stop is Y and I had to stop by to do some sightseeing, to much of LY’s protests, she just wanted to eat some more, but we convinced her we should do something like enjoy the last of the view before we had to head home the next day. Yes, you be surprised there’s actually humans that out eat a bear like me. The following address is one of the many views one could spot of Mt Fuji on a clear day. Address: 83−124 Uchiuranagahama, Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-0224, Japan Tel: +81 55 941 3448

Y drove down towards Uchiura Bay, but given the day was getting cloudy, we didn’t have much luck spotting Mt Fuji. The drive there was rather nice too, going through lots of tunnels in mountains and seeing how the skies changed.

L1080735View of Uchiura Bay – really beautiful, and the air was so fresh.

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Y and I just enjoying the view and soaking in the fresh air.
Y and I just enjoying the view and soaking in the fresh air.

Shortly after we caught some clear skies, it started pouring like cats and dogs, was really scary driving in a foreign place and very windy roads as it was so foggy. Glad all 3 of us came back in 1 piece!

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And to help you out a little bit, here’s a map of the place I stayed at and some of the highlights of Izu, some which I didn’t manage to make it to. Hope you will have the chance to check some of them out. Izu offers a great variety of options whether it’s for a fun friends getaway, a romantic weekend as a couple or for families as they have a great range of activities, sights and museums to check out.

Lovey’s Tips 1. You can rent a car from Nissan Rent A Car. I find them reliable and they have many branches in Japan and Tokyo where you can deposit and return your car too. We paid around 30,555yen for a P4 class car which is a Nissan Latio for 2.5 days. Alternatively if you want to take a train, according to Japan Guide, the JR Tokaido Shinkansen provides direct connections from Tokyo to Atami Station (40-50 minutes, 3570 yen one way by non-reserved seat) and Mishima Station (45-60 minutes, 3890 one way yen by non-reserved seat) at the entrance to the Izu Peninsula. The journey is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but not by the JR East Pass or the JR Kanto Area Pass. You can read more in their online guide on travel. I always love referring to this as a resource guide.

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2. Plan ahead where you want to go. Head to Kinokuniya bookstore in Ngee Ann City, and go to the Japanese section, where they have local guides. Search for guides with the header – 伊豆. They look like the magazine style guide I am looking at above. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I was eating my way through Izu! Read my other posts on my stay in Atami Sekitei and the Izu Teddy Bear Museum.

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