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Top Choice International in Kisami

South Cafe

The best combination of food, atmosphere and good-value prices in Kisami, this relaxed place is well worth dragging yourself away from the beach for. Excellent sandwiches, salads, pizzas and curries among other thin…
Top Choice Street in Shimoda

Perry Road

It takes less than 10 minutes to walk end-to-end of this quaint cobbled street shadowing a narrow canal leading to Ryōsen-ji temple. However, the appealing ambience of old houses under willow trees now occupied by c…
Top Choice Japanese in Shimoda

Gorosaya

Elegant, understated ambience and fantastic seafood. The isōjiru soup is made from more than a dozen varieties of shellfish and looks like a tide pool in a bowl. The sashimi-don (rice bowl), not on the English menu,…
Bakery in Matsuzaki

Costa Forno

Run by a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed Nagano native, this heavenly bakery offers ¥100 cups of coffee to go with your Nagano blueberry jam (homemade, from harvest to bakery) and cream-cheese pull-apart bread, or Nagano …
International in Shimoda

Nanz Kitchen

The anchor of the new Nanz Village complex, this stylish restaurant serves seasonal French-esque, Japanese-ish cuisine, utilising as many fresh, locally sourced ingredients as possible, including venison and fish. T…
Buddhist Temple in Shimoda

Ryōsen-ji & Chōraku-ji

A 15-minute walk south of Shimoda Station is Ryōsen-ji, site of the treaty that opened Shimoda, signed by Commodore Perry and representatives of the Tokugawa shogunate. The temple's Museum of the Black Ship stands s…
Museum in Atami

MOA Museum of Art

Atami's hilltop MOA Museum of Art boasts an excellent collection of Japanese and Chinese pottery and paintings, spanning more than 1000 years and including national treasures. It also has a serene tea garden set amo…
Buddhist Temple in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Shuzen-ji

In the middle of the village is its namesake temple, said to have been founded over 1200 years ago by Kōbō Daishi, the priest credited with spreading Buddhism throughout much of Japan. You can wander the pleasant te…
Historic Building in Itō

Tōkaikan

This inn, established in 1928, is now a national monument for its elegant woodwork. Each of its three storeys was designed by a different architect. Architecture buffs will love comparing the subtle differences, and…
Mountain in Itō

Mt Ōmuro

From Izu's seashore you can see this grassy dormant rice-bowl volcano peaking above the hills. Ride the eight-minute chairlift to the 580m summit where you can take in coastal views of Mt Fuji. There's a 1km walk ar…