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How to travel between the Izu Peninsula and Tokyo

By Tokaido Shinkansen

The JR Tokaido Shinkansen provides direct connections from Tokyo to Atami (40-50 minutes, 3740 yen one way by non-reserved seat) and Mishima (45-60 minutes, 4070 one way yen by non-reserved seat) at the entrance to the Izu Peninsula. The journey is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but not by the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass.

By limited express train

Limited express trains, named "Odoriko" and "Saphir Odoriko", connect Tokyo via Atami (80 minutes, around 3500 yen) and Ito (100 minutes, around 4000 yen) with Shimoda (160 minutes, around 6000 yen) in the south of the Izu Peninsula. In Tokyo, most trains use Tokyo Station, while a few use Shinjuku Station. Shimoda's railway station is called Izukyu-Shimoda Station.

"Saphir Odoriko" trains carry only Green Car and Premium Green Car seats (Premium Green Car seats are not covered by the Green Car version of the Japan Rail Pass) and require advance reservations, while "Odoriko" trains carry ordinary and Green Car seats, including some non-reserved ordinary seats.

Note that between Ito and Shimoda, these limited express trains are running on the tracks of the Izukyu Railway Company, which means that Japan Rail Pass holders will have to pay a supplement fee when traveling along this section. The one way supplement fee for the journey between Ito and Shimoda is around 2000 yen. In contrast, the journey is fully covered all the way to Shimoda by the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass thanks to an exception to the rule.

Some Odoriko trains carry a few wagons which are separated from the rest of the train at Atami Station and continue to run via Mishima Station to Shuzenji Station. The one way journey from Tokyo to Shuzenji by direct Odoriko limited express train takes two hours and costs about 4500 yen.

Note that between Mishima and Shuzenji, the Odoriko limited express is running on the tracks of the Izuhakone Railway Company, which means that Japan Rail Pass holders will have to pay a supplement fee of 520 yen when traveling along this section. On the train journey to Shuzenji, the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass are not valid beyond Atami.

By local trains

It is also possible to access the Izu Peninsula by local trains along the JR Tokaido Line. The one way journey from Tokyo to Atami takes about 100 minutes and costs 1980 yen. To Mishima it takes about two hours, costs 2310 yen and usually requires a transfer of trains at Atami Station.

If you are based in Shinjuku, you could save a few yen by taking the Odakyu Railway from Shinjuku to Odawara and transfer to the JR Tokaido Line there. The whole journey to Atami would take more than two hours but cost only 1320 yen. To Mishima it would take about 2.5 hours and cost 1580 yen.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

The Izu Peninsula is served by two railway lines and a relatively efficient bus network. It is also a suitable region of Japan to be explored by rental car, motorcycle or bicycle. Please see the individual pages about Shimoda, Ito and Atami for further access and orientation details.

Rail

The JR Ito Line leads from Atami to Ito, from where the Izukyu Line continues further south to Shimoda. Note that Shimoda's railway station is called Izukyu-Shimoda Station. There are roughly two local trains per hour that run all the way between Atami and Shimoda in each direction plus a few Odoriko limited express trains to/from Tokyo. The one way journey from Atami to Shimoda by local train takes about 90 minutes and costs 1980 yen. By limited express train it takes about 70 minutes and costs around 3500 yen.

Since the railway tracks south of Ito are owned by Izukyu Railways, holders of the Japan Rail Pass will have to pay a supplement when using this section. The supplement between Ito and Shimoda is 1650 yen on local trains and around 2000 yen on limited express trains (one way). However, thanks to a special agreement, the trip is fully covered by the JR Toyko Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass.

The other railway line serving the Izu Peninsula is the Izuhakone Line from Mishima to Shuzenji. There are departures every 10-20 minutes in each direction. The one way journey takes 30 minutes and costs 520 yen. JR passes are not valid for this trip.

Bus

Tokai Bus operates a dense and relatively efficient bus network that covers most of the Izu Peninsula and is centered around the major railway stations, including Atami, Ito, Shuzenji and Shimoda. The fare is proportional to the distance traveled and is paid when exiting the bus. The ten major IC cards, including Suica, Icoca and Pasmo, are accepted on Tokai buses.

Tokai Bus also offers a variety of bus passes for the different areas of the Izu Peninsula. In addition to unlimited use of buses, many also include discounted admission to selected attractions within the areas covered. Some of the most useful passes include:

  • Atami 1-Day Pass (800 yen)
    Unlimited use of the YuYu sightseeing loop bus and other buses in central Atami.
  • Ito 2-Day Pass (1500 yen)
    Unlimited use of buses in central Ito and around Izu Kogen and the Jogasaki Coast.
  • Izu Kogen and Jogasaki 1-Day Pass (800 yen)
    Unlimited use of buses around Izu Kogen and the Jogasaki Coast.
  • Irozaki and Shimoda 2-Day Pass (2-day pass for 2100 yen)
    Unlimited use of buses around Shimoda, including Cape Irozaki and Kawazu.
  • Dogashima, Matsuzaki and Irozaki 2-Day Pass (2900 yen)
    Same coverage area as the above-listed "Irozaki and Shimoda 2-Day Pass" plus the buses to Matsuzaki and Dogashima.
  • Izu Dream Pass (from 2800 yen)
    There are three versions of the Izu Dream Pass, each providing 2 or 3 days of unlimited use of buses and trains in selected regions of the Izu Peninsula plus the ferry ride between the peninsula and Shimizu Port in Shizuoka City.

Rental Car

Exploring the Izu Peninsula by rental car can be very pleasurable and efficient. Rental car outlets can be found near many major railway stations, such as Mishima, Atami, Ito, Izu Kogen, Shuzenji and Shimoda. Driving from Atami Station to Cape Irozaki takes about 2.5 hours.

Like around most of Japan, the roads on the Izu Peninsula are well maintained and drivers are relatively considerate. However, traffic jams along the peninsula's eastern coast are not unusual on weekends and during holidays. Traffic along the western and southern areas of the peninsula tends to be much lighter.

Due to the mountainous terrain of the peninsula, many inland roads have steep and winding passages, including the Izu Skyline and Nishi-Izu Skyline, two toll roads with spectacular views of the surrounding scenery.

Hotels around Izu Peninsula

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    • Ryokan Izuna
      Budget-friendly
      Located a 20-minute walk from JR Atami Station and 1.7km from Atami Onsen, Ryokan Izuna offers ocean views and Japanese-style breakfast. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms at Ryokan Izuna feature an ocean view with tatami (woven-straw) floor. All rooms have a private bathroom. Free luggage storage is available at Ryokan Izuna. Guests can relax in the shared lounge, which overlooks the on-site garden with cherry blossoms in spring. Food and drink is offered at the property at an additional cost. There are a few restaurants within a 3-minute walk from the property. An array of activities are offered in the area, such as golfing, scuba diving and hiking. Izusan Shrine is a 10-minute walk from Ryokan Izuna, while Jyukkoku Pass is a 30-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 80 km from the property.
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    • Guest House MARUYA
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Hotel ACAO
      Luxury
      Hotel ACAO 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. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool. Free WiFi is availble in all areas except the on-site restaurant. Hotel ACAO is a 15-minute walk from ACAO FOREST and the nearest beach. Atami Castle is a short 200 metres away.
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    • atami onsen guesthouse nagomi
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Atami, 600 metres from Kinomiya Shrine, atami onsen guesthouse nagomi offers accommodation with a garden, private parking and a terrace. The property is around 2.9 km from MOA Museum of Art, 4.4 km from Izusan Shrine and 6 km from Nagahama Beach. The accommodation provides a hot spring bath, a shared kitchen and free WiFi. Certain rooms also offer a kitchen with a microwave and a fridge. The guest house offers a hot tub. Atami Onsen is 1.7 km from atami onsen guesthouse nagomi. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 104 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guesthouse Nishihara
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a shared lounge, garden and views of garden, Guesthouse Nishihara is located in Atami, 1.7 km from MOA Museum of Art. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. The accommodation provides a hot spring bath, free WiFi and a shared kitchen. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a hot tub, slippers and a desk. The guest house offers certain rooms with city views, and each room includes a coffee machine. At Guesthouse Nishihara each room comes with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kinomiya Shrine, Izusan Shrine and Atami Onsen. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 109 km from Guesthouse Nishihara.
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    • Atami Korakuen Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated in Atami, 2 km from Kinomiya Shrine, Atami Korakuen Hotel features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a terrace. Located around 4.2 km from Izusan Shrine, the hotel with free WiFi is also 5 km away from Nagahama Beach. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and slippers, all rooms at Atami Korakuen Hotel have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also boast a balcony. The units have a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Atami Korakuen Hotel offers a sauna. MOA Museum of Art is 5 km from the hotel, while Atami Onsen is 1.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 110 km from Atami Korakuen Hotel.
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    • Atami Onsen Guest House Megumi
      Mid-range
      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.
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    • Hotel Micuras
      Mid-range
      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.
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    • Atami Koro
      Mid-range
      Boasting beautiful sea views from its hilltop location, Atamikoro provides Japanese and Western-style rooms. The property is a 5-minute drive from JR Ajiro Station and a complimentary shuttle service is provided. Free WiFi is available throughout the premises. Renovated in July 2015, all rooms at Atami Koro feature ocean views and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV with video games. They have a tatami (woven-straw) floor, traditional futon bedding and a seating area with chairs and a coffee table. Toilets and bathing facilities are shared. Guests at Atamikoro can relax on comfortable sofas in the shared lounge. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, hiking and snorkelling. Free-use laundry facilities (detergent not included), free-use bicycles and free parking are on site.
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    • Atami Fuga
      Mid-range
      Situated in Atami, 1.5 km from Kinomiya Shrine, Atami Fuga features accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. The property is set 3.8 km from MOA Museum of Art, 6 km from Izusan Shrine and 8 km from Nagahama Beach. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. All rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV, and some units at Atami Fuga have a balcony. At the accommodation all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Atami Fuga can enjoy an American breakfast. The ryokan offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. You can play billiards at Atami Fuga. Atami Onsen is 2.8 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 106 km from Atami Fuga.
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