Misaki Fish Market, paradise of tuna

The city of Misaki is famous in the Kanto region for its high quality tuna. Dozens of restaurants in the city specialize in seafood and most of them participate in the Maguro train ticket deal. Some of the catches the fishermen bring back to the city are sold at the Misaki fish market. The tuna and seafood products offered there are very diverse. Should you visit on a warm day, don’t miss out the ice cream!

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Jogashima Ferry

The Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass includes the train pass from Tokyo, a meal in Misaki and a leisure activity. A visit to the onsen, renting a bicycle and purchasing crafts are some of the activities included. We elected to use our pass for a ferry ride connecting the port of Misaki to the island of Jogashima. The ferry ride only lasts several minutes, but is definitely a more pleasant way of heading to Jogashima compared to taking the bus or walking on the bridge linking Misaki and Jogashima.

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East Jogashima

On the eastern side of Jogashima island is located the Jogashima Prefectural Park which features beautiful gardens and scenic views. Not too far to the southwest of the park, on the sourthern coast of the island, you will find an impressive piece of rock (Umanose-doumon) with a big hole in it. Starting from this unusual rock formation, one can enjoy walking along the coast all the way to the western side of Jogashima island.

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West Jogashima

On the western side of Jogashima island is located a beautiful white lighthouse. Designed by a French engineer, it is one of the oldest of western style in Japan. Sadly, the original was damaged during the great Kanto earthquake but was rebuilt in its present form. This side of the island also features a small market street where several restaurants and gift shops are located. The main attraction of Jogashima is without a doubt its beautiful coast. The many visitors who walk or fish on this side of the island are always under the eagle’s watchful eyes.

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Maguro Pass

The Keikyu Misaki Maguro Pass is a special train pass that allows one to travel from Tokyo or Yokohama to the station of Misakiguchi. From there, a bus takes you to the city of Misaki, a village renowned for the quality of its tuna (Maguro), and is located at the southernmost tip of the Miura-hantō peninsula. A meal in one of the many restaurants of Misaki is included in the train pass. All restaurants are specialized in Tuna bowls (Maguro-don) or assortments of seafood on rice (Kaisen-don). When visiting Misaki, one should not miss to visit the market where lots of fish products are sold. The city is also very close to the island of Jogashima, which has a beautiful coastline.

The ticket can be bought from the Keikyu ticket vending stations with have an option to display menus in English.

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Farmer’s Market at UNU in Shibuya

Every Saturday and Sunday (10:00 to 17:00) the United Nations University campus transforms itself in a farmer’s market. Many organic and locally grown produce are for sale and several food trucks are usually found on site. Once in a while, special events are held such as the sake festival and the beer fest. It is a great place to find and taste different kinds of vegetables, honeys, jams, teas and more…

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Beautiful Japanese Countryside in Furuma

I love the quietness and the beauty of the countryside in Nagano Prefecture. These photos were taken in Furuma, not too far from Mount Kurohime and lake Nojiri. Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact location but it should be easy to get similar vistas by walking around Furuma station.

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