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Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 24)
Recently, because of my two small children, I can't go eat dinner or lunch outside so often as I used to do before.
But I got the chance to have dinner out with my family twice in these days, as we had 4 days off due to the Obon summer holidays.
One of my favourite places to go is a sushi and sashimi local chain restaurant named Uogashi sushi.
The main shop is based in the Numazu's port area and then you can find many shops from Gotenba up north to Mishima and Ohito in Izu no Kuni City.
They're the perfect place to go with little children and with the family. Good quality and price, compared to other cheaper chain restaurants.
Usually, a family with one or two children can be satisfied and spend about 5000 yen in total (about 40 euro). In Italy for the same quantity and quality of raw fish you can spend almost 200 euro each.
The range of fish species goes from the simple tuna (with its many different cuts) and salmon to many different local fishes, whom availability depends also on the different seasons and the condition of the fishery market.
One of the most exciting experiences I had in these years is when I went to a restaurant specialized in Fugu fish cuisine.
It can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodoxotin and it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid them to contaminate the transparent and crunchy meat.
Its preparation is strictly controlled by law and the chefs must follow a hard and long training.
It is served as sashimi and chirinabe.
I've also tried whale meat, but honestly wasn't impressed that much. Tastes more like beef than fish to me... worth a try, anyway.
Of course if you're together with some local Japanese people it is worth the chance to go to a higher level fish restaurant, but if you're alone and can't speak a good Japanese I'd suggest to go to a bigger chain restaurant as the staff of small local restaurants usually don't speak a word of English and in some cases can be rude to foreign customers (you'd hear the word "gaijin" a lot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaijin ).
If you're in the Izu Peninsula you should try fish restaurants first, as there are a lot of delicious dishes and species.
One of these is the Kinmedai, the red fish with golden eyes that I've mentioned in some of my previous blogs.
Then you could also try some meat restaurants, Japanese curry and typical Japanese mixed cuisine.
If you're with your children they probably NEED some western food also, but you shouldn't worry that much as there are some good Italian, Indian and American style restaurants too!
I can guarantee that you won't be disappointed by the food here in the Izu Peninsula.
この時の代表的な食べ物が、Sarde in saor（サルデ・イン・サオル）、通称「サオル」、Bovoeti(ボヴォエティ)という直径2センチほどの小さなカタツムリともちろんスイカです。
Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 23)
Travelling with small children is not easy.
I do it once a year, every year, going back home in Venice with my family.
Those 20 hours are one of the most stressful time ever. I must entertain the babies for all that long time in such a narrow space...
But even in the ordinary days here in Japan it could be hard to find the best way to please our children.
One of me and my daughter favourite spot is a park in IzuNagaoka, where she can run, climb a little bit and have fun on a small slide.
It is called Yuurakkusu Koen (Park) and there you can also sit and enjoy a foot hot spring and a course to walk barefeet and have a foot massage.
Also in Nagaoka there is the Riverside Park, a little bit bigger and equipped with also a swing.
This is one of the reason to spend somedays in this area if you have children.
There are plenty of green areas in the Izu Peninsula, mostly for sightseeing but also many amusement areas for children are located in some particular spots.
This is a green area that surrounds the Omuroyama Mount, in the Southeastern IzuKogen area.
It is not easy to do a comparison between here and my hometown in Italy.
Venice is a very particular city, where children still play ball everyday outside in many small squares, but there is only one big green area, well equipped with amusement tools.
I was extremely well impressed by the great attention paid for children amusement in the Italian Alps, where I went with my family two years ago.
Parks and places for children to play everywhere, very clean and fully equipped.
Places like these, that can be enjoyed both by children and parents, will be never enough.
Every city and small town must focus also on creating and keeping clean and renovate constantly these kind of areas.
The fact that Izu has many of these places is another good reason to visit the Izu Peninsula, also with small children!
反対派市民団体「No grandi navi（ノー・グランディ・ナーヴィ、大型船反対）」
この機会を利用して、反対派市民団体「No grandi navi（ノー・グランディ・ナーヴィ、大型船反対）」の声がまた強く上がりました。
Izu Peninsula, lesser known destination you must see in Japan (part 22)
Today we came back at work, after one of the longest "golden week" I had since I came back to Japan 8 years ago.
We had 10 days off and much time to spend with our kids and families.
There has been also a hystorical event, the change from the Heisei era to the Reiwa era, which is due to the change from one emperor to another (his son).
It is maybe the first time that an emperor leave before his death.
The new emperor and his wife have only one daughter and this will be a problem in the future, as the Japanese society is still ruled by men and it is unclear if a women could become empress.
Anyway, in these days I had the chance to be with my family everyday and travel around Izu with my daughter as she and I like to.
In the past years I saw this bus in many different places and finally I took the chance to stop by to try their handmade pizza and eat it at the Odoi beach.
For us (Italians) it is not easy to find a good pizza here in Japan, as most of the places are under the influence of the "American piza", stuffed with a lot of ingredients that we don't use in Italy, or they cook the pizza in the Japanese way, which means very small and light that is most like an appetizer than a real meal.
So in these years I made some "research" to find some good pizza here too.
In this case I must say that I expected a little bit more, especially about the price/quality ratio.
1700 yen for a quite small Margherita is too much for me, even if the quality was pretty good and it is one of the best lunch we can have while chilling on the beach.
For this reason I will try it again sometimes, for sure!
For the good quality of the ingredients I put it in my top five pizza I had in the Izu area until now:)