Shimoda (下田) is a pleasant coastal city in the south of the Izu Peninsula. It has historical importance as the landing place of several of Commodore Perry's "black ships" in 1854, an event which led to the end of Japan's era of isolation and the start of diplomatic relations between the US and Japan. Shimoda is a popular spot for tourists who want to do marine sports, go to beaches and hot springs.
There are various sites and monuments in the town of Shimoda related to Commodore Perry. Visitors can see commemorative monuments in Shimoda Park and around the city, walk along the picturesque Perry Street, and visit Ryosenji Temple where various Perry-related articles are exhibited. There is also a black ship sightseeing cruise that goes around Shimoda Port. The Kurofune Matsuri (Black Ship Festival) is held in the city in mid May every year.
Shimoda Park covers a forested hill about a 20 minute walk from Izukyu-Shimoda Station. The park is known for its hydrangeas, which flower in June, and is also the site of a Monument to the Opening of US-Japan Diplomatic Relations which was built in the park in 1957.
One of the Izu Peninsula's most famous and popular sand beaches for sunbathing and surfing. The official swimming season starts in mid July and lasts through August, but the swimming conditions tend to remain pleasant into September.
Getting there and around
How to get to Shimoda
Shimoda is directly connected to Tokyo by Odoriko limited express trains (around 2.5 hours, 6000 yen one way, hourly departures). Alternatively, take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Atami and transfer to the limited express Odoriko or a local train (requires a transfer at Ito to the Izukyu Railway) and get off at Izukyu-Shimoda Station, the terminal station of the Izukyu Railway. The trip takes about 2 hours and costs around 7000 yen one way if using the limited express, or about 2.5 hours, 6000 yen one way when using local trains.
Most of the sites are within a 20-30 minute walk of Izukyu-Shimoda Station. Alternatively, buses connect most of the sites to the station. For those planning to travel around the southern Izu Peninsula, Tokai Bus offers several discount passes that can make visiting multiple sites in the region more convenient and economical.
Located in Atami, 2.1 km from Atami Sun Beach, Watei Kazekomichi provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a restaurant. This 4-star ryokan offers room service, free shuttle service and free WiFi. Each room is equipped with a balcony with a city view. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a bidet. Watei Kazekomichi offers certain units with garden views, and each room comes with a kettle. At the accommodation every room is fitted with bed linen and towels. An Asian breakfast is available daily at Watei Kazekomichi. The ryokan offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Shuzen-ji Temple is 31 km from Watei Kazekomichi, while Hakone-Yumoto Station is 31 km away. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the accommodation.
Located in the central area of Atami and a 15-minute walk from JR Atami Station, Guest House MARUYA offers capsule rooms fitted with Japanese futon-bedding. Guests can take a few minutes' walk to soak in the nearby hot springs or a 10-minute drive to visit the Atami Castle. JR Shinyokohama Station can be reached with a 50-minute ride on the shinkansen (bullet train). Haneda Airport is a 2-hour drive away from the property. There is a shared kitchen and lounge, where guests can socialise and relax. Washing machines and towel rentals are available at a surcharge. Each room at MARUYA Guest House comes with a power outlet and clothes hangers. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. Meals are not provided at the property; however, there are several dining options nearby.
Hotel New Akao is a 10-minute ride from JR Atami Train Station, and a free shuttle is offered. The modern accommodation features hot-spring baths with ocean views, a rooftop garden and a French restaurant. Spacious guest rooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, a tea/coffee maker and a television set. The en suite bathroom comes with toiletries and a bathtub. Free WiFi is availble in all areas.
Situated in Atami, 1.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Atami Korakuen Hotel features accommodation with a terrace, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. The property is set 28 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, 33 km from Shuzen-ji Temple and 47 km from Mount Daruma. The hotel has a sauna, room service and free WiFi. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hairdryer, all rooms at Atami Korakuen Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also boast a balcony. The units will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. The reception at Atami Korakuen Hotel can provide tips on the area. Hakone Checkpoint is 21 km from the hotel, while Hakone Shrine is 24 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 54 km from Atami Korakuen Hotel.
Located in Atami and with Atami Sun Beach reachable within 1.9 km, Guesthouse Nishihara provides a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a shared lounge. This 2-star guest house offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. The guest house features family rooms. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. The guest house offers certain rooms with city views, and each room includes a kettle. At Guesthouse Nishihara each room comes with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers 2-star accommodation with a hot spring bath and barbecue. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 25 km from Guesthouse Nishihara, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 34 km away. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the guest house.
Situated in a quiet neighbourhood in Atami, Guest House Megumi is just a 5-minute walk from JR Atami Station. Atami Sun Beach is can be reached via a 4-minute stroll. Private parking and free WiFi are available on site. Every room has a sea view, and guests can enjoy fireworks during Atami Fireworks Festival in a guest room. A shared bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge with a TV at the property. For guests' comfort, a natural hot spring bath is provided free of charge. Rental towels and washing machine are available at a fee. There are some dining options and convenience store within a 10-minute walk. Izusan Shrine is 1.6 km from Guest House Megumi, while Nagahama Beach is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 81 km from Guest House Megumi.
Located along Atami Sun Beach and looking out to the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Micuras boasts spacious hot spring baths, a sauna and a massage spa. This modern and stylish hotel offers large guestrooms and free Wi-Fi at the public area. JR Atami Station is a 10-minute walk away. Fitted with a relaxing ambience and wide windows, each room comes with a comfortable sofa, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player. A fridge and an electric kettle with tea bags are also included. Rooms with sea views feature a shower booth with a rain shower head. While staying at the Micuras Hotel guests can unwind in the public hot spring baths with a great ocean view, or receive rejuvenating massages at on-site Sanacion Spa. Free luggage storage services are offered. The hotel is a 12-minute walk from Kinomiya Shrine. MOA Museum of Art is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride away. Micuras Dining restaurant offers exquisite French cuisine and fine wine in an elegant setting. The hotel serves American breakfast daily.
Located at the top of the hill overlooking the sea, 熱海温泉 Relax Resort Hotel リラックスリゾートホテル offers luxurious resort accommodation with exotic Bali-inspired d?cor. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating beauty treatments at spa facilities or relax in hot spring baths. The hotel offers butler and concierge services to cater for each guest’s needs. All spacious rooms feature a balcony and views of ocean. They are equipped with Bali-made canopy beds and furniture, as well as a flat-screen TV and a well-stocked fridge. A DVD player, an air purifier and a hairdryer are also included. Some rooms come with an open-air hot spring bath on the balcony. Resort Hotel Relax’s 24-hour front desk offers free luggage storage services. The indoor hot spring baths and sauna can be used privately. A dedicated butler and an English-speaking concierge can take care of shoe shine, taxi hire and sightseeing arrangements. The hotel is a 5-minute drive away from JR Atami Station. Atami Plum Garden is a 10-minute drive away, and MOA Museum of Art is a 20-minute drive from the property. Organic & Natural Nine restaurant serves Japanese/Western breakfast and lunch meals, as well as delicately prepared course meals at night. The Lounge caf? offers refreshments and cocktails in a stylish ambiance.
Situated in Atami, 2.7 km from Atami Sun Beach, ISHINOYA Atami features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a terrace. This 4-star ryokan offers free shuttle service, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is allergy-free and is located 27 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station. The ryokan provides some rooms with sea views, and rooms include a private bathroom. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at ISHINOYA Atami. The accommodation offers 4-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Shuzen-ji Temple is 31 km from ISHINOYA Atami, while Mount Daruma is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 57 km from the ryokan.
Featuring open-air hot-spring baths and traditional multi-course meals, Shihomiya Ryokan is a 3-minute walk from JR Atami Train Station. The Japanese rooms include futon beds and a flat-screen TV. Ryokan Shihomiya’s air-conditioned rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors and shoji paper screens. Guests can make fresh green tea or enjoy a drink from the minibar. A Western toilet is attached, and bathing facilities are shared. Kurai Shrine and MOA Museum are just 1.6 km away. Himenosawa Park and Nishi-Atami Golf Course are about a 15-minute drive from the hotel. A hot-spring bath can be reserved for private use, for a fee. Guests can relax with a massage. Coffee and tea are offered at the lobby cafe.