It was my first time travelling to Izumo, and I was so excited for the trip that I couldn’t get a wink. Decided to go on this trip as one of ladies in 女子会, who was also in Japan, wanted to head to Izumo to pray for luck in relationships. And I also want some luck in relationships too, so I decided to go on this trip with her.
It was not easy to plan for a side trip especially when the both of us have a different schedule, with mine being the tighter one as I only have about 9 days or so to spend in Japan.
We booked our side trips pretty early, and ‘smart-y’ lil me thought that I was flying on Dec 25th morning but only did I realised like 2 weeks before the departure date that I was flying off to Japan on Dec 24th morning. I was so shocked that I quickly called up the Airlines to check if they still have seats on Dec 25th morning, but sadly there were none, and the earliest they had was Dec 26th early morning. In the end, I took the early morning flight out on Dec 26th as I had an appointment on Dec 26th itself. Thankfully, Zynn (one of the ladies in 女子会, also flew on the same day as me as she booked her flight pretty late) was with me from departure till we reached Haneda Airport.
Anyway, back to the topic!
Met Zynn early in the morning at Haneda Domestic Airport as our flight was at around 7:40am, and I was abit late to meet Zynn as I missed my train, and luckily I managed to get there in time at around 7:00am, and we had some time to get our morning bento before we board on the plane!
Had a hard time choosing the bento over there as Zynn recommended a bento which was famous beef, while I was eyeing this bento set, which was a collaboration with Ninomiya’s movie ‘母と暮らせば’、and I ended up buying that.
Also saw a huge Duffy bear figure in Haneda Airport too!
Only brought with me a backpack because it was only a 2 day 1 night trip in Izumo, and I kind of figured out that I didn’t need alot of things but…I was so wrong because I bought too many stuff over there!
Morning sunrise with Mount Fuji at the back~
Ate the bento for breakfast on the flight! For those who don’t know, you can actually bring food and drinks up the flight when you buy them after you head inside after the full body inspection and baggage check as there are many stores selling foods and drinks. Usually these domestic flights only serve drinks, but if you really need some food you can try ordering. But, my recommendation to you is to try their wide range of bentos and of course snacks if you’re aiming at those.
While on the flight to Izumo, which takes around 1 hour and 25 mins via the airplane, we caught a glimpse of Mount Fuji from the top!
The view from the top was simply amazing especially without the clouds. It was my first time seeing it, and I was really elated!
And after 1 hour and 25 mins of flying time, we reached Izumo Airport! Don’t expect too much from this Airport as it is pretty small, unlike the International Airports or the domestic Airport is bigger cities. Small buy yet cozy.
Once we arrived, we head outside, and we were abit unsure on where to go, and take the bus to head to Izumo. Thankfully, there was an old uncle (who is the driver), guided first-timers on where to buy the bus tickets. If I remember correctly, the bus ride costs around 720yen to Izumo, and this bus also takes you directly to the front gate of Izumo Shrine if you’re heading there directly.
After boarding the bus, which takes around 45 minutes or so, where the bus driver was commenting about Izumo City, the people who stayed here, what the plain fields are for, what they are growing and so on, I am very sorry, but I sort of fell asleep as I didn’t had much sleep even though I fully understand what the bus driver is talking about.
We alighted right in front of the Starbucks outlet which is directly opposite the Izumo Shrine. Before you alight, there is a time schedule for this bus, which actually will bring you to Tamazukuri Onsen.
It looks like it is going to rain, but thankfully it did not!
After alighting, we went straight to the Shrine.
As usual, an obligatory picture outside of Izumo Shrine is a must!
To be honest, I was kind of tired when we walked in, and also I felt a bit hungry even though I ate like 2 hours plus ago. The cold weather actually made me hungrier I think.
By the way, for those who are visiting shrines for the first time, or those who have visited shrines in Japan, do you know that when you enter to or exit from the shrine area, it is recommended that you don’t walk in the middle of the passage way, and walk at the side of the passage way? That’s because the middle path is for the Gods to pass through, so do take note next time!
And also, do remember to bow in front of the gate to tell the Gods that you’re entering and exiting! Just a form of courtesy!
Just in front of Izumo Shrine!!
Seriously, my iPhone doesn’t do justice to my face…. Zynn’s camera is so much better!!
Bought quite a few charms, and then we head off after praying. We sort of missed out on one of the parts after our trip to Izumo (as in literally when we came back to Singapore), but oh well! We are definitely going back to give our prayers!
After that, we head to Starbucks to get something to drink. I wanted something hot as I was freezing cold. My jacket was not a down jacket, and it could not protect me from the strong winds that were blowing.
The interior was really nice, and they even had special cups which I was very much tempted to buy, but in the end I did not.
Inside this Starbucks outlet, there is actually something that one must look out for, which I really cannot remember. I do remember that Zynn did find all 5, which I was too lazy to do so.
After chilling out at Starbucks, we went nearby to do a little shopping before walking all the way down to Inasa Beach. You can take a bus down, which we seriously have no idea when the bus is going to come, and also whether were we at the correct bus stop, so we decided to follow the map, and walk all the way down to the beach. Walking there was nice if the weather was cooling, but if it it too cold with winds blowing non-stop, I think you will be like me, thinking why did I ever want to walk out in such a windy weather. My coat and tights were not enough to keep me warm, and I hard to grab on to my heat pack and rub it for heat.
After walking for about nearly 20 to 30 mins or so, we finally caught a glimpse of the beach!!
I was like “YAY!! THE BEACH!!! WE HAVE ARRIVED!!!!”
And the winds were so strong, that we try to do some selfies our hair just kept flying to the front of our faces and it was really hard to take a proper selfie!
The sky was really clear, and we were glad that it did not rain as it was drizzling a little in the early morning when we arrived. If not for the strong winds, I think we might have stayed a little while I guess?
Am really with this picture that Zynn took because I know that a fat person can’t really jump that high, and I did experience that when me and my friends went to took a jump shot in Taiwan, and I didn’t jump the highest among them all, and it felt kind of sucky. Let me show you how FAT I was back then!
You can see the difference right? That was back in 2011 when I went to Taiwan for a graduation trip to Taiwan. See how fatties can’t jump up high right? Correct me if I’m wrong.
Anyway, back to the topic.
So, after visiting the beach, we headed off to Hinomisaki Shrine, which takes about 30 minutes or so via bus to reach there as the Shrine is located at the top, and the bus had to turn round and round to get up there. Before that, both me and Zynn were contemplating to walk there as when we checked the bus schedule, the bus was supposed to come at the specified timing, but it didn’t came, and we didn’t want to wait, while thinking that it should like a simple walk back to the bus stop at Izumo Shrine. So we walk like about 500 metres away, and then Zynn who was right in front of me, saw the bus coming and shouted to me that the bus is on its way, and I panicked that I ran as quick as I can to chase after the bus. Thankfully the bus driver drove pretty slow!! Managed to board the bus, and while on the bus, I kind of fell asleep until we reach the last stop, which was the Hinomisaki Shrine stop.
Right in-front of Hinomisaki Shrine!
Spent some time there since the next bus coming in won’t be arriving in an hour’s time, so we took it really slowly, and even so we had some time left, so we head to a shop nearby to have some quick bites, where the shop owner recommended us to try the grilled squid!
The grilled squid was really yummy and they actually grilled it with salt! I guess I was abit hungry that I ate it pretty fast!
After that, we bought tickets for the bus ride back to Izumo Shrine, and it was another long journey back, and both of us slept on the bus till we reached Izumo Shrine.
After we reached, we waited for another bus, (the bus which I mentioned earlier in the post) to bring us to Tamatsukuri Onsen where we will be staying for the night!
And the bus driver who picked us up, was the same bus driver who sent us from the Airport to the Shrine! Throughout the whole bus ride, the bus driver asked how our experience was and whether we had fun in Izumo. But sadly, I fell asleep again halfway through the conversation.
Before the bus set off from Izumo, the bus driver did ask each and every group on the onsen place that they will be staying that as he would drive you to the hotel directly instead of stopping at certain bus stop, which I think is very thoughtful of.
One of the sunset views along Lake Shinji!
Zynn booked 白石家, which was popular among the ladies, and you can even choose your yukata and obi! Checked in, and we were brought to our room!
A wide range of yukatas with different sizes for you to choose!
I chose the blue yukata instead as I have been wearing too much pink yukata for the recent years, and I wanted a change. We kind of slack in the room, checking mails and so on. And then something bad happened. I kind of broke down because I was so furious over what happened at work, which I don’t feel like writing over here, to prevent myself from becoming a ‘cyber bully’, which I’m not, and all the things I wrote about a certain someone is certainly and in fact the truth, whereas that person is crying wolf, claiming that I am cyber bullying.
Anyway, much thanks to Zynn who comforted me throughout, telling me that I should forget about work and enjoy my trip, which I really did. I mean, its like throughout all my trips to Japan, never did I once get a call back from the office, and of all times, it has to happen when I was away from Tokyo, where most of my belongings such as laptop where all there. And all I had with me was my iPhone.
We changed to our yukata and then head for the onsen. It was really relaxing except for the fact there were alot of China people, that made the whole place seem noisier than before when everyone just was to soak in and relax.
After that, we head off for dinner!
The menu for the day.
They had either beef or snow crab, and Zynn ordered the beef menu in advanced.
It’s like beef everywhere!!
This was the starter dish, which is an appetizer, quite refreshing!
And then the salad!
Me in yukata with puffy eyes after crying….
And then the rest is just the shabu shabu, grilled steak which I didn’t quite like it because I’m not a big fan of it, and the taste is rather oily for me, so I gave my share to Zynn.
Dipping the meat into the sesame sauce~ Yummy!!
Soba! And if I’m not wrong, you can ask for extra servings for this, which we didn’t as we were too full from the earlier dishes.
And last was the dessert!
Really loved the pudding there!! So yummy!
After dinner, there was a show going on near the lobby, but we didn’t went to see, but instead, we went back straight to our rooms to rest, and our futons were nicely laid for us~
That’s about it! I hope you guys enjoyed this post!