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Izu PeninsulaJapan

Visit quiet coastal villages, relax in traditional Japanese hot springs and explore dramatic vistas and coastlines, all just 2 hours from Tokyo.

Take a trip to the Izu Peninsula, south of Tokyo, and discover dramatic scenery, quiet seaside towns and hot springs. Whether you’re visiting for a resort experience or to learn about the local history, the Izu Peninsula is sure to provide plenty of relaxation.

For decades the Izu Peninsula has been a popular weekend escape for the people of Tokyo, but recent resort development and Japan’s high-speed rail system has now opened the Izu region to the world.

Visit the coastal town of Toi to learn about the region’s legacy of gold mining. Spend an afternoon looking through historical displays at the Toi Kinzan, a museum dedicated to the industry. Visit the original Toi Gold Mine nearby and tour sections of the long tunnel that winds beneath the town. Don’t miss the chance to try your hand at panning for gold.

Toi has a reputation as a quiet beach town but while it is more remote than many of the bigger tourist destinations on the peninsula, the bold landscapes that surround the town are worth the travel time. Bathe at Toi Beach as you admire the views of Mount Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, or walk beneath drooping cherry trees when you visit the Anrakuji Temple.

Hire a car or motorbike and explore the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park which dominates most of the peninsula. High peaks and green valleys are dotted with small onsen (traditional Japanese hot springs). Unwind after a day of exploring and let the thermal waters remove all the stress from your muscles.

The Izu Peninsula is located approximately 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the center of Tokyo and can be reached by car, train or bus. The eastern coast is well connected by the JR Rail network; however, those wanting to reach Toi and the west coast may prefer the independence offered by hiring a car. The region is particularly beautiful in early April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Top hotels in Izu Peninsula

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SHIMODA ITOEN HOTEL HANAMISAKI
SHIMODA ITOEN HOTEL HANAMISAKI
3 out of 5
6-12, Takegahama, Shimoda, Shizuoka
The price is NZ$155 per night

Situated near the beach, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Fujisan and Hofuku-ji Temple. Choraku-ji Temple and Ryosen-Ji Treasure Museum are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (67 reviews)
Dedicated Roadbike Parking, Good Buffet, Beds Iffy

"Positives: - Great prices - Dedicated roadbike parking area inside the lobby area if you're cycling around Izu - Dinner buffet: Great sashimi and sushi, extensive Japanese side dishes, and a small (but appreciated) selection of Western food for those afraid to venture. Drink buffet is exhaustive ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

SHIMODA ITOEN HOTEL HANAMISAKI
Shimoda View Hotel
Shimoda View Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Kakizaki 633, Shimoda, Shizuoka-ken
The price is NZ$279 per night

Located in Kakisaki, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fujisan and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Shirahama Beach. Sotoura Beach and Tsumekizaki are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (15 reviews)

"The view is breathtaking. The onsen is wonderful and lovely. Very relaxing to enjoy the beautiful view and is is well maintained."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2019

Shimoda View Hotel
Shimoda Tokyu Hotel
Shimoda Tokyu Hotel
4 out of 5
5-12-1, Shimoda, Shizuoka-ken
The price is NZ$199 per night

Located in the heart of Shimoda, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fujisan and Nabeta Beach. Choraku-ji Temple and Ryosen-Ji Treasure Museum are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (225 reviews)

"Lovely hotel in Shimoda with stunning views and friendly and helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2019

Shimoda Tokyu Hotel

Popular places to visit in Izu Peninsula

Toi Kinzan
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Toi Kinzan

Learn the early history of the Izu Peninsula at this dedicated gold museum or try panning for gold at the mine next door.

Toi Beach
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Toi Beach

This secluded beach is among the most beautiful on the Izu Peninsula and is perfect for swimming, morning walks and for viewing Mount Fuji.

Top activities in Izu Peninsula

Kawazu Cherry Blossom Experience (Feb 10 - Mar 10, 2020)
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Kawazu Cherry Blossom Experience (Feb 10 - Mar 10, 2020)

NZ$1,741
Per adult
Private Mount Fuji Viewing Full-Day Tour with Hot Springs
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Private Mount Fuji Viewing Full-Day Tour with Hot Springs

NZ$1,721
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano
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Hakone Fuji Day Tour: Cruise, Cable Car, and Volcano

NZ$152
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Hakone Day Trip & Lake Ashi Cruise from Tokyo — Full Day
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Hakone Day Trip & Lake Ashi Cruise from Tokyo — Full Day

NZ$165
Per adult
Tokyo Supercars Grand Tourer Driving Experience
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Tokyo Supercars Grand Tourer Driving Experience

NZ$2,222
Per adult
2 Day Tokyo Volcanic Island Tour
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2 Day Tokyo Volcanic Island Tour

NZ$1,005
Per adult