These last couple of weeks have been crazy. I feel like I’ve hardly had a chance to take a breather.
However last Friday I managed to check one of the items of my bucket list: Take my family to Shimoda.
Last time I was there I had seen a hotel that advertised that they allowed animals – perfect for taking Charlie to the beach.
We embarked on the 3-4 hour car journey from Tokyo down the Izu penisula with Charlie and Roxy in the back seat.
The hotel we were staying at was called Ernest House and was gorgeous on the outside; all white washed wood and decking with a cafe attached. Unfortnately being the bad blogger I am I forgot to take any pictures so you’ll have to cope with this one I found online.
Roxy and I shared one room with Charlie and mum had the other room. They were typical Japanese hotel rooms, an all in one plastic bathroom, comfyish twin beds and little else. Sparse but homely. In our room there was a large flat boxy like thing which was obviously meant for Charlie but of course he would be sharing a bed with one of us and mums room had an old school iMac in it. Overall rather impressed with the hotel.
After we had checked into our two rooms we headed on down to the beach to introduce Charlie to the sand and sea. Two things that were completely new to him.
Earnest hotel is located less that a 5 minute walk to Ohama beach one of the best beaches in Shimoda. It’s a decent size, the water stays shallow for ages and it’s dog friendly. While we were there it wasn’t busy at all infact the only people we saw were people walking their dogs and surfers attempting to catch some waves. All in all it was perfect for the dog.
Charlie couldn’t believe his luck, he loves to run something in Tokyo he hardly gets a chance to do properly but here he had the whole beach to explore.
He certainly wasn’t as keen on the sea.
We did try and drag him in which he certainly wasn’t happy about so we gave up on that and decided to leave him to get used to it on his own.
After a tiring afternoon on the beach we headed over to Cafe Mellow for some dinner. The food there was lovely. They had everything from fresh scallops to pizza, cheeseburgers to swordfish plus they were dog friendly as well and kindly provided Charlie with a bowl of water.
After a rather exciting day, a certain someone was definitely ready for bed so Roxy and I crawled under out sheets, attempted to brush out the sand and watched Chalet Girl – totally appropriate to watch skiing while on a beach holiday.
The next day we woke up to our breakfast basket outside our room. Once again I failed to take a picture of this but it really was amazing. If you have a look at the pictures on this guys blog you’ll get an idea of what the breakfast was like:
The first morning we had an egg sandwhich, strawberries, chocolate cake, fresh apple juice, coffee, yogurts and a banana. After opting not to take our breakfast onto the beach we ate it in our room before getting dressed and prepared for a full day on the beach. We decided to go and grab some things from Family Mart as food for the day then settled behind a rock for our day on the beach.
The day was spent, exploring caves, paddling in the sea, playing with Charlie, lying in the sun and generally having a detox from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
Charlie discovered his new found love for digging holes in sand. It was so funny to watch.
And so began the stupidest photos you’ve ever seen in your life.
Unfortunately despite all of the smiles, we had all forgotten to put on suncream so ended up with some rather painful burns which made trying to sleep rather interesting that night. That combined with the dog being up at 4:30 and refusing to settle down led to an interesting drive home the next day.
Despite all of that though we all had an amazing time and if you are taking a dog to Shimoda I would definitely recommend Ernest House as they were amazing.
So one down, lots more to go lets hope they all turn out to be this fun!