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Ito (伊東, Itō) is a famous hot spring resort town on the eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula. Due to its easy accessibility from Tokyo, the town is partially quite built-up, but also offers some historic buildings in its center, such as the Tokaikan, a historic, former ryokan open to the public. Outside the town center, Ito offers quite impressive natural scenery with its cliffy coast and hilly terrain.

About ten kilometers south of central Ito is Izu Kogen, a popular villa district and sightseeing destination with many small museums, restaurants, Mount Omuro and the beautiful Jogasaki Coast.

Tokaikan Former Ryokan

Hours: 9:00 to 21:00
Closed: Third Tuesday of each month, January 1
Admission: 200 yen
Established in 1928, the Tokaikan is a former ryokan in the center of Ito that is now open to the public for viewing. Visitors are allowed to explore the wooden building's corridors and former guest rooms freely and enjoy a tea at its tea room.

Jogasaki Coast

The Jogasaki Coast is a craggy coastline south of central Ito. It can be followed along an approximately ten kilometer long hiking trail with a lighthouse and a 48 meter long suspension bridge in the middle, although it is also possible to walk much shorter portions of the trail.

Mount Omuro

Lift Hours: 9:00 to 17:15 (until 16:15 from October to mid March)
Lift Closed: No closing days
Lift Admission: 700 yen for a round trip
Mount Omuro, the icon of Izu Kogen, is an extinct volcano covered in grass. Standing at 580 meters with a diameter of 300 meters, visitors have to take a chair lift up in order to enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the surroundings. Mount Fuji and the Izu Islands can be seen when visibility is good.

Izu Cactus Park

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from November to February)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 2400 yen
Izu Cactus Park is a stone's throw away from Mount Omuro. There are many cactus varieties as well as animals at the park. Chimpanzee and dog shows are held several times a day.

Getting there and around

How to get to Ito

Ito can be accessed directly from Tokyo Station by the JR Odoriko limited express (100 minutes, about 4500 yen one way, 1 train/hour) or by frequently departing trains from Atami (20 minutes, 330 yen by local train). The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass.

How to get around Ito

Ito Station is located in the city center of Ito. It is the border station between the JR Ito Line that leads north to Atami and the Izukyu Railway that leads south to Shimoda. Because the Izukyu Railway is not JR, the Japan Rail Pass is not valid south of Ito. However, the JR Tokyo Wide Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass are valid also south of Ito thanks to a special agreement.

The train is useful to travel between Ito and Izu Kogen, five stations south of Ito (20 minutes, 670 yen one way), but many of the area's sightseeing spots are not located near train stations. Fortunately, the bus service around Ito is quite good, and there are two different 1-day passes offered for Ito: one for 800 yen that covers Izu Kogen and the Jogasaki Coast, and one for 1500 yen that additionally includes central Ito. The passes can be purchased at Izu Kogen Station and Ito Station, respectively.

How to get to and around the Izu Peninsula

Hotels around Izu Peninsula

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    • Watei Kazekomichi
      Luxury
      Located in Atami, 1.2 km from Kinomiya Shrine, Watei Kazekomichi provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Each accommodation at the 4-star ryokan has sea views, and guests can enjoy access to a terrace. The property features a hot spring bath, free WiFi and room service. At the ryokan, every room is fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. At Watei Kazekomichi, each room is equipped with a seating area. An Asian breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. MOA Museum of Art is 3.5 km from Watei Kazekomichi, while Izusan Shrine is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 82 km from the ryokan.
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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. The dormitory room features a bamboo garden. 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 and a supermarket 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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    • atami onsen guesthouse nagomi
      Budget-friendly
      Boasting a garden, terrace and views of sea, atami onsen guesthouse nagomi is set in Atami, 600 metres from Kinomiya Shrine. This 1-star guest house offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. The air-conditioned rooms provide a garden view and come with a desk and free WiFi. At the guest house, all rooms include a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Atami onsen guesthouse nagomi offers 1-star accommodation with a hot spring bath and hot tub. MOA Museum of Art is 2.9 km from the accommodation, while Izusan Shrine is 4.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 82 km from atami onsen guesthouse nagomi.
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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, a hairdryer and a desk. All units will provide guests with a stovetop. Popular points of interest near the guest house include Kinomiya Shrine, Izusan Shrine and Atami Onsen. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 80 km from Guesthouse Nishihara.
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    • Onsen Hostel Hinoemi
      Budget-friendly
      Onsen Hostel Hinoemi is located in Atami, 1.2 km from Atami Onsen. The on-site public hot spring bath is open between 08:00-10:00 and 15:00-23:00. The shared shower and shared kitchen at the property are open 24 hours. Some units include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. The nearest airport is Haneda Airport, 80 km from the property.
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Izu no Umi
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a terrace and views of city, Izu no Umi is located in Atami, 1.4 km from Kinomiya Shrine. Featuring a shared lounge, the 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Guest rooms in the guest house are equipped with a kettle. At Izu no Umi each room is fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Languages spoken at the reception include Japanese and Chinese. Izusan Shrine is 3.5 km from the accommodation, while MOA Museum of Art is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 82 km from Izu no Umi.
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