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.
Built in the sukiya-zukuri style of architecture, Hiramatsu Hotel is simple yet elegant. It is an outstanding example of the work of one of Japan’s most highly renowned contemporary master craftsmen, Master Builder Koichi Kinoshita.
Featuring Kominka architecture with a thatched roof, Sasayuri-Ann is a Japanese-style private villa that offers guests (two to ten people) an exclusive mountain house experience with panoramic views over the countryside and rice fields below.
HOSHINOYA Fuji is nearly hidden by the surrounding woods, located 100 meters up the slope of a mountain. Slender paths meander through a landscape of soil, grass, and tree roots. You inhale deeply and gaze up at the ceiling of red pine needles and multi-shaped leaves that hangs far above you.