Top choice in Izu Peninsula

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 23m above the waves; from there you can hike south 6km or so to Izu-Kōgen Station, or stop halfway at the New York Lamp Museum and bus back. From Itō Station, take the bus to Jōgasaki-guchi (¥700, 40 minutes) and walk the 1.2km to the lighthouse.

The first place of note you'll get to is Bora Noya, where you can fortify yourself pre-hike with a delicious sashimi feast.

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Nearby Izu Peninsula attractions

1. Mt Ōmuro

2.65 MILES

Ten kilometres south of Itō is this dormant rice-bowl volcano, a perfectly smooth, steep-sided grassy mound. Ride the chairlift to the 580m summit where…

2. Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

2.79 MILES

Art lovers will not want to miss out on this treasure trove of big names, such as Dalí, Warhol, Renoir, Picasso, and Lichtenstein, all on show in an…

3. Nagisa Park

5.97 MILES

At the southern end of Orange Beach, this little park is studded with photogenic bronze figurative sculptures by local artist Shigeoka Kenji.

4. Tōkaikan

5.98 MILES

This grand inn (c 1928) is now a national monument for its fine woodwork. Each of its three storeys was designed by a different master carpenter;…

5. Jōren-no-taki

12.42 MILES

Half an hour by bus from Shuzen-ji Station is this 25m waterfall in a ravine. Wasabi plants thrive in the river here; the roadstop gift shop sells tasty …

6. Shuzen-ji Treasure Museum

13.21 MILES

A small museum in the grounds of Shuzen-ji containing ancient carved buddhas, other religious works of art and documentation of the restoration of these…

7. Shuzen-ji

13.21 MILES

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…

8. Shoko Kanazawa Museum

13.23 MILES

Kanazawa Shoko (www.k-shoko.org), who has Down syndrome, has been doing calligraphy since she was five years old. Her vividly expressive pieces, as well…