June 2020 Update

After about a hundred days of sitting at home, Ms. Kanto and I finally went on a trip. We both wanted a little weekend getaway from Tokyo and to visit somewhere we haven’t gone to before. With that in mind, we decided to make the trip down to the Izu Peninsula, a few hours south from where we live.

Even though in early June, Japan’s COVID-19 numbers were fairly low, we opted to skip public transport and rent a car. While public transportation is great across Japan, it isn’t as convenient once you get out of the main cities. In certain parts of Izu, the buses only come once an hour and not every spot is accessible.

I wasn’t actually quite sure what to expect, in terms of what things would be open and how crowded or not crowded beaches would be. For the most part, beaches were fairly empty with only a handful of families at each one. Not every place that we wanted to visit was open either, but luckily, the few places we did visit were more or less deserted.

Koganezaki beach
Our favourite place from our Izu trip, Koganezaki beach.

Our favourite spot was this cute, small beach on the western side of Izu. It was nice to take a refreshing dip in the water before our drive back to Tokyo.

Along the way back, we stopped at Mos Burger to try out their new Plant-based Green Burger.

Mos Burger's Plant-Based Green Burger
Mos Burger’s Plant-Based Green Burger

To be honest, it was okay. ๐Ÿ˜… I actually prefer the regular MOS Yasai Burgerย since it’s not completely covered in sauce like this one. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Aside from that, June was fairly routine just like previous months. Ms. Kanto did make some really good vegetarian sushi, that I have to ask her to make sometime again. ๐Ÿ˜š

Vegetarian sushi
Vegetarian sushi with carrot and cucumber

Here’s a quick recap on our spending:

June spending report

I’ve decided I’m going to change up this section. For the most part, there’s really little change from month to month so I think I’ll only talk about any interesting spending that happened.

In Shopping, we decided to finally buy a fan. We debated for quite some time whether we should spend the 500 or so dollars and get a real AC that can provide us with both cooling and heating for our downstairs and living room. In the end, we decided just to get something simple – a relatively inexpensive ($30) fan that so far has been paying dividends, given Tokyo has hit more than 30 degrees several times already.

Aside from this, Fun includes the car rental, the hotel, and any additional fees like parking, entrance fees, and tolls. Overall, I would say it was definitely worth the money.

So that’s it for this month. My schedule has opened up a lot in the last week or so, so I’m planning to update my posting schedule to twice a month.

Stay tuned for the next post ๐Ÿค—

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