Ito (ɓ, 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