Izu Peninsula

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 up the 3km Amagi Hiking Trail from the falls to the village of Yugashima Onsen, and catch the return bus from there.

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Nearby Izu Peninsula attractions

1. Shoko Kanazawa Museum

6.81 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…

2. Shuzen-ji

6.87 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…

3. Shuzen-ji Treasure Museum

6.87 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…

4. Mt Ōmuro

10.22 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…

5. Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

10.97 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…

6. Nakaze-tei

11.66 MILES

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…

7. Izu Chōhachi Art Museum

11.85 MILES

This museum showcases the unusual plaster art 'paintings' of native son Chōhachi Irie (1815–99) including one of his masterpieces, Shungyo-no-zu (Dawn in…

8. Tōkaikan

12.08 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;…