Atami (MC) lies at the northeastern base of the Izu Peninsula, less than an hour west of Tokyo by shinkansen. Due to its proximity to Tokyo, Atami has long been a popular seaside resort town with plenty of hot springs and ryokan in addition to museums and other cultural heritage sites.

Through the extravagant years of the bubble economy in the late 1980s, Atami was a highly popular destination for business retreats. This led to huge developments in the area, including large ryokan and apartment blocks built along the ocean. When the bubble burst in the early 1990s, many of these large establishments and the town as a whole suffered from the decline and have been working hard to adjust ever since.

Kiunkaku Former Ryokan

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (unless it is a national holiday), December 26 to 30
Admission: 510 yen
Kiunkaku is a well preserved former residence that hosted many illustrious guests during the years when it served as a ryokan. Visitors can view the ryokan buildings which surround a beautiful garden at their center, and enter several of the facility's common rooms and former guest rooms which are designed with both Western and East Asian influences.

Atami Castle

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1000 yen (castle), 1000 yen (trick art museum), 1700 yen (both)
Built in 1959, Atami Castle is a touristy, concrete museum built in the shape of a castle. There are different exhibitions on each floor of the castle tower as well as an observatory with panoramic views of Atami city on the top floor. Next door to the main building is a trick art museum. The castle grounds are a popular spot during the cherry blossom season and Atami's firework displays.

Getting there and around

How to get to Atami

Atami is connected to Tokyo by the JR Tokaido Shinkansen (40-50 minutes, about 4000 yen one way, 1-3 trains/hour) and by direct local and rapid trains along the JR Tokaido Line (100-120 minutes, 1980 yen one way, about 3 trains/hour). The shinkansen ride 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. The trip by local or rapid trains is fully covered by all the above-mentioned passes

How to get around Atami

Atami is built on a steep mountain slope, and its attractions are spread across a relatively wide area. Consequently, it is not easily walkable, and more conveniently explored by bus or taxi.

The Yuyu Sightseeing Loop Bus is a bus for tourists that serves most of the city's sightseeing spots (with the prominent exception of the MOA Museum of Art). The bus costs 250 yen per ride or 700 yen for a 1-day pass. The 1-day pass is also valid on regular buses to the MOA Museum of Art and provides a discount on admission to Atami Castle and the Kiunkaku Former Ryokan.

How to get to and around the Izu Peninsula

Hotels around Izu Peninsula