Recommended itinerary 1 for Izu (Atami and Ito)

A Fulfilling Trip to West Izu – Nature, History, Hot Springs and Fine Food

Located in roughly the center of Japan, the Izu Peninsula allows you to enjoy nature, history and fine food in a single stretch. Among the attractions, Dogashima in West Izu is a particularly popular tourism spot for marine leisure.

Itinerary Map

Itinerary Map

Trip Details

Day 1 – Time needed: approximately 5 hours, including approximately 3 hours, 30 minutes for sightseeing and meals

Izukyu Shimoda
Station

On foot

Approximately 3 minutes on foot

Nesugata-yama
Shizen Koen
(Mount Nesugata
Nature Park)
and the Shimoda
Ropeway

Activities

1Nesugata-yama Shizen Koen (Mount Nesugata Nature Park) and the Shimoda Ropeway

The aerial lift rises to the summit of Mount Nesugata in approximately three minutes. A natural park is maintained at the top with flowers that bloom in all four seasons. With views of the Shimoda townscape, Izu Shichito and the Amagi Mountain Range, this is said to be one of the "three views of Izu."

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (varies slightly according to season)

Closed

  • December 10 to 15 and 19 (may also close due to strong winds)

Admission

  • Adults – 1,030 yen

Address

  • 1-3-2 Higashi Hongo, Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture

Related websites

Nesugata-yama Shizen Koen (Mount Nesugata Nature Park) and the Shimoda Ropeway (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Nesugata-yama Shizen Koen (Mount Nesugata Nature Park) and the Shimoda Ropeway
Nesugata-yama Shizen Koen (Mount Nesugata Nature Park) and the Shimoda Ropeway

Sanroku Station

On foot

A few steps away

Tontei

On foot

Approximately 3 minutes on foot

Dining

2Tontei

Tontei is well-known as the first tonkatsu restaurant to open in Shimoda. In addition to sustaining the same fine flavor of tonkatsu from its opening, Tontei also has seafood dishes that use fresh Shimoda fish.

Hours of operation

  • 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Address

  • 1-4-3 Higashi Hongo, Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes


Shimoda Station

Bus

Bus – approximately 60 minutes

Dogashima Bus Stop

On foot

Approximately 15 minutes on foot

The Setting Sun
at Dogashima

On foot

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

Sightseeing

4The Setting Sun at Dogashima

The setting sun of Nishi Izu-cho was selected as one of Japan's 100 finest sunsets. Dogashima is known for its picturesque views, and particularly for the beauty created by the floating islands in the inlet and the evening sun. A promenade is maintained for light strolls. Dogashima is particularly beautiful between September and March.

Address

  • Nishina, Nishi Izui-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Related websites

Nishiizu Town Tourist Association (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

The Setting Sun at Dogashima
The Setting Sun at Dogashima


Dogashima-onsen
Hot Spring:
Dogashima
Komatsu View Hotel

Lodging

5Dogashima-onsen Hot Spring: Dogashima Komatsu View Hotel

A pedigreed hot spring hotel, Komatsu View Hotel is backed by history and tradition impressive even compared to the other Dogashima hot springs in West Izu. Its Nami-uchigiwa (waveside) outdoor baths provide a view of the Dogashima sea, and all guest rooms have ocean views. The cuisine is an attraction in itself thanks to the insistence on using fresh seasonal ingredients.

Address

  • 2943-4 Nishina, Nishi Izui-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Related websites

Dogashima Komatsu-View Hotel (in Japanese only)

Dogashima-onsen Hot Spring: Dogashima Komatsu View Hotel
Dogashima-onsen Hot Spring: Dogashima Komatsu View Hotel

Outdoor Bath – Hanaougi no Yu
Outdoor Bath – Hanaougi no Yu

Day 2 – Time needed: approximately 4 hours, 30 minutes, including approximately 3 hours, 30 minutes for sightseeing and meals

Dogashima-onsen
Hot Spring:
Dogashima
Komatsu View Hotel

Dogashima Marine

On foot

A few steps away

SightseeingActivities

6Dogashima Marine

This pleasure boat is recommended for the excellent views of Dogashima. During low tide, a path emerges from the sea, making it possible to cross between the famous Sanshiro Islands, and the sightseeing routes include Tensodo, a sea cave where beautiful sunlight shines down from the ceiling.

Hours of operation

  • 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (varies according to season)

Closed

  • during rough weather

Admission

  • pleasure cruise (approximately 20 minutes), adults – 1,100 yen

Address

  • 2060 Nishina, Nishi Izui-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Related websites

Dogashima Marine

Time needed: approximately 90 minutes, boating time: 50 minutes

Dogashima Marine
Dogashima Marine

Column Sightseeing

7Crossing the Tombolo

The Sanshiro Islands lie about 200 meters off the shore, and at low tide, a sandbar emerges to connect the islands to the mainland, making it possible to cross over. This sort of emerging path is known as a "tombolo." The low tide varies depending on the season and date, so definitely plan ahead to be able to make the crossing.

Address

  • Nishina, Nishi Izui-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Related websites

Nishiizu Town Tourist Association (in Japanese only)

A tombolo, a natural crossing from the mainland to an island
A tombolo, a natural crossing from the mainland to an island


Sehama-zushi

On foot

A few steps away

Dining

8Sehama-zushi

Located in West Izu, Sehama-zushi is an established shop watched over by three generations. Insistent on using local fish, they generally have about 10 different kinds available for sushi. Here you can enjoy seasonal flavors that you can only get in Izu with its bountiful seafood.

Hours of operation

  • 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Closed

  • Fridays (but open at the end and beginning of the year, during Golden Week and summer vacation)

Address

  • 2909-10 Nishina Dogashima, Nishi Izui-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Sehama-zushi
Sehama-zushi

Local Nigiri Sushi – Dogashima
Local Nigiri Sushi – Dogashima

Dogashima
Bus Stop

Bus

Bus – approximately 5 minutes

Matsuzaki Bus Stop

On foot

Approximately 15 minutes on foot

Namako-kabe
Street
(Kondo House)

On foot

Approximately 5 minutes on foot

Sightseeing

9Namako-kabe Street (Kondo House)

The street that runs alongside the Kondo House (once a pharmacy) is called Namako-Kabe Street. For the wall here, white clay was used to form a distinctive diamond pattern on a black background. Built at the end of the Edo period, the wall has been preserved to this day. Only the exterior of the wall can be seen.

Address

  • Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Time needed: approximately 15 minutes

Namako-kabe Street (Kondo House)
Namako-kabe Street (Kondo House)


Jokanji Temple
and Chohachi
Art Museum

Bus

Bus – approximately 50 minutes

Sightseeing

10Jokanji Temple and Chohachi Art Museum

The Chohachi Art Museum holds works of Irie Chohachi, who was from Matsuzaki-cho and earned fame as a master plaster artisan during the Edo period. The memorial hall is located on the grounds of Jokanji Temple, where representative pieces of Irie can be seen such as a famed ceiling painting, carvings and works of plaster.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entrance at 3:30 p.m.)

Open 365 days a year

Admission

  • 500 yen

Address

  • 234-1 Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture

Related websites

Jokanji Temple and Chohachi Art Museum

Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

Jokanji Temple and Chohachi Art Museum
Jokanji Temple and Chohachi Art Museum

Dragon Glaring in Eight Directions
Dragon Glaring in Eight Directions

Izukyu Shimoda
Station

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

Bus

Bus

Taxi

Taxi

On foot

On foot

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