WHERE THE JAPANESE RELAX
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 bicyle.
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 weekdays, many parts of the peninsula can be very quiet.
Izu is an alternative stop to relax when travelling between Kyoto and Tokyo.