Top things to do in Izu Peninsula

Top Choice Area in Itō

Jōgasaki-kaigan

A cliffside hiking trail winds over volcanic rock and through pine forest along the gorgeous Jōgasaki coast south of Itō. Most visitors head to Kadowaki Lighthouse and the adjacent Kadowaki-no-Umi suspension bridge …
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 stream leading to Ryōsen-ji temple. However, the appealing ambience of old houses under willow trees now occupied by …
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,…
Top Choice Shokudo in Matsuzaki

Mingei Sabō

Generous seafood sets come with sashimi, perfectly grilled fish and multiple tiny appetisers at this traditional restaurant beside the little port (go for the lunch set '美味しいランチ' for ¥1620). From the Matsuzaki bus s…
Top Choice International in Kisami

South Cafe

It's well worth dragging yourself away from the beach for the tasty sandwiches, burgers, salads and curries (not to mention the must-have brownies) at this stylish diner. The drip coffee (with free refills) is also …
Architecture in Atami

Coeda House

Resembling a parasol of cyprus and glass perched on a cliff above the ocean, this remarkable cafe space is the work of superstar architect Kengo Kuma (designer of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium). You'll find it in t…
Sushi in Itō

Hamazushi

This roadstop chain restaurant opposite the beach has zero character, but who cares when it's this cheap, tasty and fun? Choose from bargain-priced bites like nigiri, maki, fried chicken and ramen using a touchscree…
Japanese in Itō

Bora Noya

Fish brought in to neighbouring Futo port supply the pearlescent sashimi platters at this former fishing lodge dating back to the 17th century. 'Bora' refers to the striped mullet that migrate along the coast and ha…
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…
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. Zazen (zen meditation) session…