Top ChoiceArea 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...

Top ChoiceStreet in Shimoda

Perry Road

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...

Top ChoiceJapanese 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...

Top ChoiceShokudo 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...

Top ChoiceInternational 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...

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...

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 touch...

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...

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)...

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...

Historic Building in Itō

Tōkaikan

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; architecture buffs will love comparing the styles. A highlight is...

Museum in Atami

MOA Museum of Art

A small but refined collection of Japanese and Chinese pottery, paintings and Buddhist treasures spanning a millenia awaits at this museum, built dramatically into the hillside like a Bond villain lair. Artefacts...

Japanese in Shimoda

Ahoya

In a 140-year-old former shipping workshop, this funky snack shack hawks yummy tako-yaki (fried wheat balls filled with octopus) and shimodoyaki, its own creation with squid, shrimp, egg and seaweed. During...

Fusion in Kisami

Wabi Sabi Cafe

Choose from chair or hammock to savour the serenity at this homespun cafe, part of Wabi Sabi guesthouse, serving veggie and vegan Japanese fusion food. Dishes like edamame hummus, vegan Massaman curry, and a...

Mountain in Itō

Mt Ōmuro

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 you can take in coastal views of Mt Fuji. There's a 1km...

Waterfall in Shuzen-ji Onsen

Jōren-no-taki

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 (and mild) wasabi soft-serve ice cream. You can also pick...

Temple in Shimoda

Gyokusen-ji

Founded in 1590, this Zen temple is most famous as the first Western consulate in Japan, established in 1856. A small museum has artefacts of the life of American Townsend Harris, the first consul general. It's a...

Izakaya in Itō

Kunihachi

A cute izakaya cluttered with eclectic decor. The menu caters to all with cheap and tasty dishes such as jumbo okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), tempura and sashimi sets, alongside more outlandish options like...

Sushi in Itō

Fuji Ichi

A fishmonger downstairs and a casual restaurant above, this humble, market-fresh eatery is noted for its grilled fish and squid (cooked DIY on hot plates), but you won't go wrong with the sashimi set (sashimi...

Museum in Matsuzaki

Nakaze-tei

Explore the rooms and antique tools and curios in this old kimono shop and residence girdled in walls of namako-kabe (a lattice-like plaster pattern so named for its resemblance to the contours of sea cucumber)....