Izu has a huge range of accommodation options from ryokans (traditional Japanese-style inns) with every amenity, to more modest B&Bs, to AirBNBs, to campgrounds and the occasional hostel / dormitory room.

Ryokans (Japanese-style inn)

A ryokan in Toi with a private bath in the room (Toi Fujiya Hotel).

Any trip to Japan should at some point include a stay a ryokan – a traditional Japanese style inn.  Ryokans on the Izu peninsula are a great value compared to some of the more popular destinations around Japan. 

Many of the ryokans in Izu offer fantastic views, food, and hot springs.  Be aware though that there are huge differences in the level of service between different ryokans.  Also, within each ryokan there are numerous different options for rooms and meals that range from basic and reasonably-priced to luxurious and suitably-priced.  There are almost always add-on options where you can pay more to get an even better meal.

Many (if not most) ryokans in the Izu peninsula feature hot spring baths.  The standard is a large shared bath for men and another for women.  There are ryokans where you can pay more for a room with a private hot spring bath and in some cases the bath is located outside with a great view of the ocean, a bamboo forest etc.  You can also find hotels that have “family baths” which are private baths that are not shared.  Some private baths have to be booked at the front desk while others are first-come first serve.

I have also come across a few ryokans that have multiple baths located around the premises.

When booking a ryokan keep in mind that prices are per person and are not per room.

Regular hotels (AKA “business hotels”)

Regular hotels (compared to ryokans) offer a lower standard of service but they are cheaper and simpler. They are perfectly fine if you just need a place to stay for a night.

AirBNBs

There are a wide-range of AirBNB options in Izu but if you are travelling during a peak period there may be nothing at all available.  In some cases places listed on AirBNB are listed elsewhere at a slightly lower price – the AirBNB prices may be a bit inflated to cover AirBNB’s fees. 

A problem that can happen when using AirBNB in Japan is finding the place you have booked.  Japanese addresses can be difficult to figure out (there are no street names / numbers) so make sure you have a full address in English and Japanese that you can plug into Google Maps to get to your destination.   This isn’t a problem for hotel rooms listed on AirBNB because the hotel name makes it easy –  but if you are renting a residential apartment / house it can be more difficult.

A cabin in the south part of the peninsula booked on AirBnb.

Minshuku

A minshuku (民宿) is roughly the equivalent of a bed and breakfast.  If you want a chance to have an authentic interaction with a local Izu resident this is the best option as far as accommodations are concerned. 

Pension

Pensions are similar to minshukus but the rooms are western-style.  If you want a bed instead of tatami and futon choose this option over a minshuku.

Temple lodging

There are some Buddhism temples in Japan that do offer temple lodging (宿坊).  At this point in time I have not been able to find any in the Izu area.  One that comes somewhat close in atmosphere is Asaba located in Shuzenji which has an English website. haven’t stayed here yet but it looks amazing and does host Noh plays. 

Campgrounds / camping

The Izu peninsula has a lot of campgrounds with differing levels of amenities.  However, there are no designated (i.e. legal) spots along any of the hiking trail on the peninsula.  The camping that is available is the “car camping” type that often offers quite a bit more than just a spot on the ground. Many campgrounds sell firewood, food, ice, etc. and some even have on-site hot springs. See the separate Camping in the Izu peninsula page for more information. 

The vast majority of campsites in Izu (and in Japan as a whole).  Quite a few have a large shared cooking area.  In other cases people bring their own “portable” fire pit which are sold pretty much anywhere you can buy camping supplies.

Many campgrounds have cabins / bungalows on site so if you to relax a bit but you don’t have all the gear they are an option.

A municipal “car camping” campground in fall on the Izu peninsula.