The Izu peninsula is located on the Pacific Ocean side of Japan in Shizuoka prefecture/ It is fairly close to Mount Fuji – in fact there are many fantastic views of Fuji from the west coast of Izu and from some parts of the peninsula’s central mountain range.

The Izu peninsula is about 150 km southwest of Tokyo. The trip takes about two hours by train and roughly the same by car assuming you take the toll highway and also assuming that there aren’t any traffics jams. See the Getting to the Izu peninsula page for more information about getting there. The Getting around the Izu peninsula for information about travelling within Izu.

Some highlights of the Izu peninsula:

  • The chance to experience a more relaxed, rural, and traditional part of Japan
  • Amazing food with a wide variety of locally-sourced ingredients from the Izu peninsula
  • Spectacular natural surroundings including rugged coastlines, beaches, forests, and mountain-top views of Mt. Fuji
  • Fantastic hot springs all throughout the peninsula many of which have spectacular mountain and ocean views
  • The opportunity to travel throughout Izu in an environmentally-friendly way
  • The chance to interact with the friendly people of the Izu peninsula
  • A large selection of outdoor activities to choose from including hiking, biking, snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, and kayaking

Popular destinations in the Izu peninsula:

  • Atami is a fairly busy resort town on the northeast coast of the peninsula.  It is quite easy to get to from Tokyo and it is a popular weekend escape for Tokyoites as it has a large number of hot spring hotels and other attractions.  The town is quite hilly though which makes walking around a bit more difficult compared to other locations.
  • Shuzenj is a quiet smaller town in the heart of the peninsula.  There are a number of hot springs, hotels, Buddhist temples, etc.  If you are looking for a quiet place to get away for a few days this is solid option. 
  • Shirahama beach is a huge sprawling sand beach.  It is good for swimming and you can also take surfing lessons there and rent gear.
  • Shimoda is a city on the northeast coast and played a key role in a significant event in Japan’s history – the end of the seclusion policy.  There are historical landmarks and museums as well as beaches very closely.  The train ride from Atami to Shimoda travels down the whole east coast and is spectacular
  • Dogashima and the whole the west coast of Izu has some spectacular scenery and some amazing rock formations on the coast.  Dogashima is famous for this and there are a number of boat tours that explore the western coastline.
  • Keep in mind that the places “off the beaten track” on the Izu peninsula are often just as rewarding (and much less busy / touristy) than the places listed above.

Additional resources:

By far the best resources are the local tourist information offices.  In many cases there are brochures, pamphlets, maps etc. available in English that unfortunately not available online.  Definitely consider contacting a tourism office and request literature or more information:

The Izu peninsula has a wealth of natural beauty and a unique natural history.  The Izu peninsula Geopark website has a considerable amount of information in this area.  There is an inquiry page in English.

The Explore Shizuoka website covers the entire prefecture including the Izu peninsula.  The website is run by Tourism Shizuoka Japan.  It also runs the similarly named  The Shizuoka prefectural government also has a tourism section on its website.

The Japan Travel website has a section on Atami and Ito.  If you use the search function you can find some information on the key sights of the Izu peninsula.

This website run by Suruga Bank (an important bank in the area) has tons of information on locations in the Izu peninsula as well as other areas in Shizuoka prefecture.  It is in Japanese only but if you have a translation extension to your browser it will be useful. Unfortunately, the graphical elements on the website won’t translate and this includes the main menu buttons.  Follow the links below and then use the translate button