This section starts south of Mishima at the city of Izuokuni and focuses on destinations on / near route 414 which heads north / south down to the town of Kawazu to the south-central part of the peninsula.  If you continue along this road heading south you will end up in the city of Shimoda on the south coast.  Shimoda is covered on the South Izu peninsula page.

Road #316 heads south from Mishima station and turns in route #414 which travels down the spine of peninsula before terminating at Shimoda on the southern end of the peninsula. There are many roads to / from 414 heading to the east and west coasts of the peninsula.  You can do shorter loops if you are short on time.

Heading south from Mishima you will drive to (or through) the city of Izunokuni which is the relatively narrow “bottleneck” at the north part of the peninsula.

Izunokuni Panorama Park  There stores and restaurants at the and a cable car to the top of Mt. Katsuragi.  There is an English website.  You will find a café / restaurant at the top of Mt. Katsuragi and a great view of Mt Fuji.  There is also a short walking path around the top as well as a small playground, a foot bath, a small Shinto shrine, etc.

A hot spring foot bath on the top of Panorama Park / Mt. Katsuragi with a view of Mt. Fuji

There are also hiking trails up to Mt. Katsuragi and Joyama / Shiroyama.  There is rock climbing on the south face of the mountain.  I have hiked the mountain and have seen rock climbers there a number of times.  There is a brief discussion of Joyama on the Izu Geopark website.

A hiking trail on Mt. Katsuragi.

Izo Mito Sea Paradise is an aquarium right on the north west coast.  The website is only in English but at the last check it was 2,200 yen for adults.

New Hakkeien is a ryokan in Izunokuni.  I haven’t stayed there overnight but I have visited the day hot spring and there is great view from the outdoor pools.

Izo Mito Sea Paradise is an aquarium right on the north west coast.  The website is only in English but at the last check it was 2,200 yen for adults.

The site of the  Nirayama reverbatory furnaces is a historical site which played a role in Japan’s industrialization.

If you need a break from the road or need a playground or a footbath Yurakkusu Park is an option.

Juntendo University Shizuoka Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the area and it has an English website.  There are some English-speaking staff here but it would be best to check beforehand when possible.

Kouhounoyu is a ryokan with a day hot spring.  It is 1,600 yen or just a day hot spring visit  The Japanese-only website has a number of different day options. 

Hotel tenbo is another hotels in the area that allow non-guests to use the hot spring (1600 yen, from 11:00~14:00、15:00~20:00 the last time I checked).  The website is only in Japanese.

La La La Beach and Osezaki Kamike Pond not part of Izunokuni but they are nearby in the far north-west corner of the peninsula.  Both are decent diversions.  One the road between them you will drive by the old bus.

Shuzenji

Shuzenji is a fairly small hot spring town in the north-central part of the peninsula.  The small size of Shuzenji is part of its charm.  It is a popular place but it does not get the wave of people / cars / etc. that you can find in Atami.  There are traditional Japanese inns (ryokans) around the town and a number of shrines and temples.  It’s a place to relax and enjoy walking along the river and wooded trails in the area.

You can get to Shuzenji station by train from Mishima station on the Izuhakone testudo-Sunzu line (about 37 min).  Shuzenji station is the terminal station on this line.  There are also buses to Shuzenji from a number of different starting points.

Shuzenji station is about 30 minutes from the actual hot spring town of Shuzenji.  There are frequently buses between them as well as taxis. 

Some popular spots in Shuzenji:

Bamboo forest path

Shuzenji temple

Tokko no yu (public footbath on the river)

Okunoin temple

Shuzenji no Sato (English PDF link) is a theme park not that far away from Shuzenji (Google Map link).  The park is a good choice for families with children who want to see something a bit different than what you will see elsewhere in the area.

Shuzenji no sato

On the other end of the spectrum is the Baird Beer Shuzenji brewery (Google Map link) which has a bar and some light food.  The brewery also has a campground right next door.

Izu city is like Mishima or Atami.  Izu city was created in the mid-2000s with the merger of a number of towns.  There isn’t a downtown at all.  The city does have a tourism website but the only English available is through translation software.

Roadside Station Izu-tsukigase has a restaurant, café, souvenir store, and tourist information area.

If you turn off of route 414 and head west on route 136  in about 5 k.m. you will soon find Ishigamaya / Pizza bus   Ishigamaya is a pizza restaurant that also features a pizza bus that travels to different locations.  The website has an English page.

Farther down route 414 is Ufufu village which could maybe be best described as a glamping destination. The location has an English website.  There is also a ryokan nearby.

Just a bit farther south and just off of route 414 is Tofuya Bakery & Table (café / restaurant) and Tofuya Resort and Spa.  The café / restaurant is definitely worth a visit for the setting alone.

Tokyo Rusk Izu Factory is a popular stop for fans of this sweet rusk company.

Joren Falls is right off of route 414 and is easy to find and to get to.  It is one of the “top 100 waterfalls” in Japan. The same spot also has Jōren Falls tourism center cafeteria.  There are walking trails around too and some of these trails link to hiking trails to surrounding mountains.  Some of the trails follow the Hontani river which runs north-south roughly along route #414. Wasabi is grown and sold in the area including at the Amagi Wasabi Village Produce Market.

Joren Waterfall
Wasabi farm around Joren Waterfall.

The nearby Farmer’s hill (website link – Japanse only) has a campground, pizza restaurant, and a “make your own pizza” option.  I haven’t camped there or made my own pizza but I did order a pizza there and it was definitely worth the visit – and subsequent visits.  The “pizza” part of the website is here.

Wild boar pizza at Farmer’s Hill.

The Roadside Station Amagigoe has the Izuhanto Geopark Amagi Visitor Center, a wasabi produce market, a local history museum, as well as a few restaurants. 

Namesawa gorge is not far south of Joren falls.

Heading farther south will lead you to the old Amagi tunnel which is a historical landmark. The tunnel, and the peninsula as a whole are a key element in the novel The Dancing Girl of Izu, written by Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata.  There are a number of hiking trails in the area.

The old Amagi tunnel.

Route #414 continues south you should consider a stop at Kawazu seven waterfalls. The falls are located just a bit off of road 414 which is the main road that travels north to south in the center of the peninsula.

The Kawazu Nanadaru spiral bridge is a neat feat of engineering.

The Riders in Boronco offers something a bit different in accomodations – it caters more to motorcyclists although anyone can stay. There are regular rooms and dormitory beds are 3500 yen per night. The website is only in Japanese. 

There is a famous novel set in the Izu peninsula named “The

There is a ryokan named after the novel The Dancing Girl of Izu located here.  There is an English website.

The Amagi Onsen Zen No Yu is a Buddhist temple with a hot spring. The website is Japanese-only. There is an article about it here

Farther down route 414 you can check out the Uehara museum.  The website is only in Japanese.  The museum has modern and Buddhist art galleries. 

Satoyama no Bettei Shimoda Central Hotel The website is only in English.

Thousand-person bath Kanaya Ryokan  The website has a bit of English on some of links – you can see photos of the ryokan which are pretty convincing.  The ryokan features the largest cypress wood bath in Japan.  There is an article about it here.  One of the baths is a male / female mixed bath – keep in mind though that there are rules of etiquette for mixed bathing in Japan.   The day hot spring rate is currently 1000 yen but it is subject to change according to the website. If you continue on route 414 you will end up in Shimoda which is covered on the

If you continue on route 414 you will end up in Shimoda which is covered on the South Izu peninsula page.