Shimoda Park (‰º“cŒö‰€, Shimoda Kōen) is an attractive, wooded park on a hill next to Shimoda's city center. Fortifications for the defense of the city once stood on the hill, but now only ruins remain. Shimoda Park is the site of the Monument to the Opening of US-Japan Diplomatic Relations built in 1957 and is home to more than one thousand hydrangeas (ajisai), which bloom throughout June. From the far side of the park you can get a preview of the wildly rugged coastline of the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula.

There are several entrances into Shimoda Park, including one at the eastern end of Perry Road and one near the Shimoda Aquarium. The main trail through Shimoda Park takes about 30-45 minutes to walk and passes through the hydrangeas and by the historic monuments. In addition, there are a few side trails that lead to lookout points with views out towards the city and along the coast.

Getting there and around

Take a bus from Izukyu-Shimoda Station bound for the Shimoda Aquarium (ŠC’†…‘°ŠÙ, Kaichū Suizokukan) and get off at Ryosenji Temple (—¹åŽ›, 170 yen one way, 2 buses/hour). From there it is about a ten minute walk to the park entrance at the end of Perry Road. Alternatively, stay on the bus all the way to the aquarium (about 7 minutes, 200 yen) from where it is just a few steps to the closest park entrance.

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    • Pearl Star Hotel ATAMI
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      Facing the beachfront, Pearl Star Hotel ATAMI offers 5-star accommodation in Atami and features a fitness centre, terrace and restaurant. The property is set 600 metres from Atami Sun Beach, 26 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station and 32 km from Shuzen-ji Temple. The hotel has a sauna, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. Some rooms come with a kitchen with a fridge, a microwave and a minibar. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. At Pearl Star Hotel ATAMI guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot spring bath. There is an on-site bar and guests can also make use of the business area. Languages spoken at the reception include English, Japanese and Chinese, and guests are invited to request information on the area when needed. Mount Daruma is 47 km from the accommodation, while Hakone Checkpoint is 20 km away. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 55 km from Pearl Star Hotel ATAMI.
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    • SOKI ATAMI
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      Situated in Atami in the Shizuoka region with Atami Sun Beach nearby, SOKI ATAMI features accommodation with free private parking, as well as access to a sauna. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a lift, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and full-day security. Fitted with a balcony, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and slippers. A fridge and kettle are also available. At the ryokan, each unit is fitted with bed linen and towels. The ryokan offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. There is a coffee shop on-site. Guests can relax in the garden at the property. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 28 km from SOKI ATAMI, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 55 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guest House MARUYA
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      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.
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    • Mujuan
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    • Taiseikan
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    • ATAMI SPRING TERRACE HOTEL
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      Set in Atami, 1.5 km from Atami Sun Beach, ATAMI SPRING TERRACE HOTEL offers accommodation with a garden, private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. Featuring a spa and wellness centre, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is non-smoking and is located 26 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station. Some rooms also feature a kitchenette with a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. At the hotel the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. ATAMI SPRING TERRACE HOTEL offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot tub and a hot spring bath. You can play table tennis at the accommodation. Shuzen-ji Temple is 33 km from ATAMI SPRING TERRACE HOTEL, while Mount Daruma is 47 km from the property. The nearest airport is Oshima Airport, 56 km from the hotel.
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    • Atami Korakuen Hotel
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