Introducing Izu Peninsula
The Izu Peninsula (Izu-hantō), about 100km southwest of Tokyo in Shizuoka Prefecture, has a cool surfer vibe backed by plenty of history, particularly the famed Kurofune (Black Ships) of US Commodore Perry. It also packs lush greenery, rugged coastlines and abundant onsen. Weekends and holidays can be crowded on the east coast, particularly in summer. It's always quieter on the rugged west coast, which has Mt Fuji views over Suruga-wan.