Hidden Attractions in Izu (Izu Peninsula)

Being easily accessible from Tokyo, abounding with hot spring springs, beaches, and fresh seafood, Izu 伊豆 is widely known as one of the most popular resort areas among people living in Tokyo. Izu often appears in travel guide books as a hot spring resort for weekend breaks, but it is only one side of Izu, characterized by featuring a few towns there, Atami, Ito or Shuzenji.

Izu is actually a peninsula about 220km around, where people can explore hidden places in unspoilt natural settings, as well as enjoying various outdoor activities that include rias-coast walking, sea kayaking, cruising and more.

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Izu Peninsula (Izu Hanto)

More than ten million years ago, Izu peninsula 伊豆半島 was a group of volcanic islands, gradually moved toward north and became a part of the main Japan Island. This formation process brought in the unique landscapes and the features of Izu peninsula, and the north-central area and the coasts are designated as the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. With the small-but-steep mountains and the surrounding rocky shores, there are unspoilt areas being a GeoPark, allow you to discover the real charm of Izu.

In Izu peninsula, there are old towns with a long history, have developed as a hot spring resort in traditional Japanese style, where historical buildings can be found to this day. Izu also has pilgrimage sites with a history over 800 years, and traveling around to different temples; some are nestled along the shoreline, some others are in the tranquil forest, is another tourist attraction in Izu.

Features of Izu - by area

To find out attractions in Izu, here presented is the information on Izu peninsula divided into 4 areas, A,B,C, and D.

Area A

Eastern Izu (Higashi Izu Area)

It would surely be great escaping from busy Tokyo and enjoy a laid-back holiday at the seaside resort, staying in a Japanese Ryokan (inns) with hot spring spas, and have real fresh seafood…. The area A is the perfect place for those who wish to do so. Since the area A is often featured in guide books, it tends to give an impression that the entire Izu Peninsula is a resort as developed as the area A.

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Area B

Central Izu (Naka Izu Area)

Just like the area A, the area B is also a region having luxury resorts. The most popular hot-spring resort in the area B is Shuzenji 修善寺, an old town grew up around a historical temple Shuzenji Temple 修禅寺. Shuzenji is known for its beauty with bamboo gardens, Ume (plum) flowers in spring, the Japanese maple forest turning red in autumn. A transit point to go to Shuzenji by Izu-Hakone Railway is Mishima station in Mishima city, having a historical shrine called Mishima-taisha Shrine, formerly worshiped by leaders of Samurai.

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Area C

Western Izu (NIshi Izu Area)

The area C has lovely little beaches along the rias coastline, having Bonsai-like tiny islands covered with pine trees. From the headlands there, it allows visitors to enjoy a distant view of Mt.Fuji or the sun set across the water on a clear, sunny day. Since the public transport available in this area is only buses, much less people visit this area compared to the area A. In addition, there are many inns (Minshuku) which offer a hot spring and a fresh seafood dinner and breakfast at very reasonable rates.

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Area D

Southen Izu (Minami Izu Area)

When it comes to traveling to Izu peninsula, the featured areas as travel destination are always the area A or B, sometimes C, however, don’t miss the area D. The area D actually has many places where you can discover the real charm of Izu. Since white sandy beaches on the east side are already so popular, it is recommendable to go down south or west, to enjoy stunning views of the rias coastline, and the rural landscape. Staying at a family-operated inn in a small village would be an unforgettable experience, makes you feel some kind of nostalgia.

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Related Web sites


Geo Parks in Izu Peninsula

http://izugeopark.org/en/

Welcom to Izu

by Conference for activation of the izu area tourism.&The Shizuoka Shimbun
http://www.izu-kankou.or.jp/en/

Izukyu Railway

http://www.izukyu.jp/foreign_language/en/

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Hotels and Ryokans in Izu


Izu Map | Click to enlarge


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