Leaving Shimoda, I went further along the coast and stopped at Dogashima. There's nothing special there but it's really pretty, and there's a rotenburo I definitely wanted to try...Yes, I'd do anything for a good onsen! Of course, it's not worth going to that kind of place if the weather is not good but I was lucky, it was hot and sunny.
Dogashima is sometimes compared to Matsushima, because of its many rocks. I didn't like Matsushima (no nice viewpoint) but Dogashima was great. It's pretty, relaxing...but I'd better show you some pictures:
That rock is called "the elephant rock", I think I don't need to explain why:
I'm not forgetting the highlight...The rotenburo I went for! What's so special about it is that it's perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific! Look at that picture:
Can you see the small hut?...It's there!
I'm getting there:
The view from the bath is fantastic:
It feels so good:
For those who have forgotten what a rotenburo is, let me remind that it's an open-air bath filled with water from a natural hot spring...it's just amazing! Bathing in such conditions, with such a wonderful view, is simply unforgettable!...But I think you know what I mean...
As for the accommodation, there's no cheap option in Dogashima but it didn't matter as I had planned to stay at higher-end places. So I ended up paying 27000yen (about 270 US dollars) for a night at a ryokan. Sure it was expensive, but it was well worth it! First, the hotel's rotenburo was top notch:
Then the dinner was huge, not only in quantity but also in quality. And, it goes without saying, served in the room:
I particularly enjoyed the sashimi carpaccio:
And tuna sashimi:
Simply said, the best I've ever had in my whole life!...The taste was just divine...
And for that price, the view from the room was also exceptional: