South of Tokyo, the Izu Peninsula was formed by the shifting of submarine volcanoes that were formally on the south side of the Japanese islands.
The peninsula is blessed with some of the best coastlines to visit—with beaches, scenic mountains, quaint seaside towns and hidden onsen towns. While the typical Tokyo-Hakone excursions are more popular among tourists, we much prefer the privacy of our Path to Izu Peninsula.
Our journey begins at the coastal town of Atami, just an hour by train from Tokyo, where we visit Atami Castle and MOA to admire the impressive collection of Japanese art. The journey continues further along the coastline, where the mountains meet the sea, on one of the best coastal drives in Japan to the seaside town of Shimoda before heading inland as we meander through the mountains of Izu all the way to charming onsen town of Shuzenji, home to some of the oldest ryokans in Japan.
Before the journey concludes at Tokyo, we continue towards Lake Kawaguchiko for a glamping experince at Hoshinoya Fuji that includes some of the best views of Mount Fuji.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Hoshino Resorts Iriomote Hotel is located in Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park. Its unique ecosystem only exists in subtropical climates. Visitors here always have new surprising discoveries. Please enjoy a high-quality stay at the largest hotel in Iriomote Island, where nature encounters you.
The village of Ginoza, halfway down east coast of Okinawa Island, is set between the beautiful cobalt blue sea and the subtropical greenery of the land. Hiramatsu chose this enchanting location, with its beautiful views of the rising sun, to establish its first gourmet resort hotel. Featuring villas with private pools, or guest rooms with pools overlooking the sea and jacuzzis, and a spacious restaurant, this private resort offers the finest cuisine, accommodation and hospitality, inviting you to enjoy the luxury of doing nothing.
“HYAKUNAGARAN” is located about 35 minutes from Naha Airport by a car. Changing from the urban loudness, it is standing at the tip of the cape where the sea and the mountains spread. The mansion aimed at the fusion with nature, is built with Japanese-Ryukyu mixed style used plenty of Okinawa materials such as red titles, Ryukyu limestone and CHAGI and so on. The mansion is such as a luxury hotel drifted with a rich emotion rather than a resort hotel.