About Izu

The Izu Peninsula (Izu Hanto) is a resort area about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. It is popular for its hot springs, beautiful coastlines, mild climate, and scenic mountainous interior. The Englishman Will Adams lived in this area in the 1600’s – inspiration for James Clavell’s novel “Shogun”.

Just over two hours away from central Tokyo, Izu offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. As a result, it is a popular retreat from Tokyo in the summer and at weekends.

The eastern coast is quite developed with the seaside towns of Atami, Ito, and Shimoda. These places are well-known for its beaches and hot springs. Jogasaki Coast is one such must-see in this area. Created by a volcanic eruption over 7000 years ago, visitors can experience coastal views uninterrupted by buildings. For the adventurous, it is possible to walk over some of this picturesque coastline through its dark sand.

In contrast, the western coast offers fantastic views of Mount Fuji on clear days and rugged coastlines, perfect for driving. Dogashima is a highlight of this area. Famous for its dramatic stone formations, you can see them on a sightseeing boat that enters one of the larger caves (conditions permitting).

Izu Kogen, south of Ito, is a small village full of local shops, cafes, restaurants, and museums. It is also a place where you can stay in small family-owned ryokans (Japanese-style inns) and experience staying overnight in a Japanese-style room.

  • The Izu Peninsula (Izu Hanto) resort area
  • Atami, Ito and Shuzenji hot springs
  • Izu Cactus Park
  • The Kawazu Nanadaru seven waterfalls
  • Shimoda


Just 2 – 3 hours by train from Tokyo station, the Izu Peninsula offers numerous hot springs and seaside resort towns, so it is a popular day trip and weekend getaway destination for many Tokyoites. Atami and Shimoda are perhaps the best known, but there are dozens of less renowned towns on both sides of the peninsula, and in the interior, with inviting attractions.

The peninsula’s eastern coast and the Shuzenji area are well connected with Tokyo by trains, while the less developed western coast and other areas are served by buses. Izu is also a great place to explore by rental car, motorbike or bicycle.

At weekends and during holiday seasons the Izu Peninsula can get quite busy, and traffic jams along the eastern coast are not unusual. However, during off-season and weekdays, many parts of the peninsula can be very quiet.
Izu is an alternative stop to relax when travelling between Kyoto and Tokyo.