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Izu Peninsula

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

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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.

Things To Do in Izu Peninsula

photo of Kawazu Seven Waterfalls

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Kawazu Seven Waterfalls

Kawazu Seven Waterfalls was the setting for the famed short story “Izu no Odoriko.”

photo of Atami Onsen

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Atami Onsen

Atami Onsen has been around since the 8th century and the water from the onsen was transported to Edo Castle.

photo of Atami Cherry Blossoms

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Atami Cherry Blossoms

Atami Cherry Blossom starts in early January and ends around late February.

photo of Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival

The Kawazu Cherry Blossom attracts more than 1.5 million visitors, who attend the annual festival.

photo of Atami Plum Garden Festival

Chubu | Shizuoka | Izu Peninsula

Atami Plum Garden Festival

The Atami Plum Garden Festival is annually held from mid- January to early March with thousands of visitors attending the festivities.