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Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula is a popular hot spring resort area with beautiful coastlines and scenic mountain interior.

Izu Peninsula

The Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島, Izu Hantō) is a resort area popular for its hot springs, beautiful coastlines, beaches, mild climate and scenic mountainous interior. Located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, its proximity to the city makes the peninsula a popular weekend getaway and the area is well connected to Tokyo by train. In addition, Mount Fuji lies only about 50 kilometers to the north and can be viewed from the peninsula's western coast. The more developed eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula is home to larger cities such as Atami, Ito and Shimoda, which are popular for their beaches and hot springs.

The southern and western coasts, on the other hand, are less developed and better known for their rugged coastlines which are best exemplified by the views around Irozaki and Dogashima Nobel prize-winner Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) immortalized central Izu in his first serious foray into literature, the novel Izu no Odoriko (1925, sometimes translated as The Dancing Girl of Izu). Shuzenji is a city that developed around the temple with the same name. It is said that not too far from the temple the famed Shingon Buddhist priest Kobo Daishi struck the riverbed with his iron staff and a hot spring sprouted from it. A man bathed in the hot spring water and was cured from his ailments. The hot spring still exists, but no one is allowed to bath in the waters.