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About Izu

Surrounded on three sides by the azure ocean, Izu is a geographical paradise dominated by dramatic mountains in the centre of the peninsula looming 800m over the area. It's unsurprising, therefore, that Izu is something of a haven for those looking to enjoy some of the best natural assets that Japan has to offer. Our pick of the best places to stay in Izu allow visitors to make the most of these stunning surroundings before retiring to luxurious comforts. The close proximity to Tokyo means that the area is within easy striking distance of the capital - making it perfect for a swift escape from the metropolis to the mountains or the oceans.

The Eastern side of the peninsula plays home to superb coastlines and hot springs making it a picturesque paradise - made all the better for the abundance of outdoor baths with striking views. Combine this with a delicious assortment of food sourced locally from the mountains and sea, and it's not hard to see why many of the best places to stay in Izu fill up quickly. Although don't be fooled into thinking that Izu is simply a large, tranquil retreat - the East coast in particular plays host to plenty of marine sports including some excellent surfing - and with busy beaches, you can be sure of a vibrant experience. In contrast, the West coast is known to be somewhat quieter and even more relaxing with Dogashima being noted as an especially beautiful location. There you'll be able to find dazzling blue sea caves and epic sunsets.

What Not To Miss

  • The cascading Joren Falls are 82ft high and tumble out of the forest over moss-covered rocks making for a superb spectacle. Uniquely, there is also a working wasabi farm next to the falls where you can buy fresh produce for a truly authentic experience.
  • It's certainly worthwhile visiting Atami, known as the gateway to the Eastern area. This historic town has a broad selection of hot springs set in front of the mountains, whilst experiencing the shopping district is a pleasant experience where it's worth sampling the local cuisine or simply head to the beaches!
  • Alternatively, on the West coast, the town of Shuzenji offers a quintessentially tranquil experience with the Katsura river flowing through the centre. Visitors should follow the walking path which runs through towering bamboo groves and past popular locations such as the Katsura bridge.
  • Whilst you're over on the West coast, for a truly mystical experience visit some of the unique ocean islands. Some of the islands have caves set into the islands, whilst the island of Tensodo has a gaping hole in the ceiling from the water which makes for a surreal experience.
  • The gorgeous colours of the blooming cherry blossoms at Kawazu are only a short journey from Izu and create magnificent avenues of vibrant colour between early February and March.

Whether you're visiting Izu for a relaxing weekend, or for some action-packed nature sightseeing, you'll be assured of absolutely stunning surroundings and the best places to stay in Izu certainly facilitate this.

The best places to stay in Izu

For outdoor adventure

  • Japanese Cultural Property Ochiairo Murakami is an atmospheric ryokan situated in the scenic Izu countryside. Traditional Japanese rooms are spacious and light with large windows, western beds, tatami mats and lovely views. A number of indoor and outdoor onsens provide total relaxation post a day spent indulging in outdoor pursuits. Charming.

For luxurious relaxation

  • Featuring blissful hot springs, Asaba was founded in 1489 and enjoys a serene riverside location in Izu. Enjoy traditional Japanese accommodation (think tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding) with floor to ceiling windows which offer lovely views. Splendid cuisine served at the restaurant. A divine and idyllic spot!

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday, visit our partner Booking.com for a charming selection of properties ideal for relaxation and unwinding.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Narita International Airport in Tokyo - located approximately 180km (111 miles) from Atami with a broad selection of flights across the world.
  • Visitors can take a train from Tokyo to major towns on the East coast - however, the West coast has much more limited transport links.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore the stunning peninsula, we recommend visiting our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Best time to visit - late March to early April is a popular time with many of the cherry blossoms in full bloom.

Still Not Sure?

Best Hotels in Izu

  • Japanese Cultural Property Ochiairo Murakami Izu, Izu 15 rooms from £175

    An atmospheric ryokan situated in the scenic Izu countryside. Traditional Japanese rooms are spacious and light with large windows, western beds, tatami mats and lovely views. A number of indoor and outdoor onsens provide total relaxation post a day spent indulging in outdoor pursuits. Charming.

    Active Holiday  -  The region provides an ideal landscape for outdoor pursuits.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the scenic Joren Falls, just 10 minutes from the property.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Asaba Shizuoka-Ken, Izu 19 rooms from £747

    Founded in 1489, the historic Asaba enjoys a serene riverside location in Izu. Enjoy traditional Japanese accommodation (think tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding) with floor to ceiling windows which offer lovely views. Splendid cuisine served at the restaurant. A divine and idyllic spot!

    Country Escape  -  Feel a million miles away from your worries at this tranquil spot
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in their hot-spring baths or treat yourself to a massage
    Great walks  -  Go for a romantic stroll along the banks of the river
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit the Mishima Skywalk or Shuzen-Ji Temple
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
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