The Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture offers many beaches along its long coastline. The water is generally clearer than at beaches closer to Tokyo, and it is possible to snorkel and spot small fish and corals at some of the beaches.

The official swimming season at Izu beaches is typically from around mid July to late August, but water and weather temperatures allow for beach activities earlier and later than that. Many of the popular beaches are patrolled by lifeguards and have rental shops, food stalls and public toilets nearby. Compared to the beaches closer to Tokyo, there are fewer rules at the beaches in Izu, but most still prohibit barbecues and camping.

East Izu

The peninusla's eastern coast is more populated and urban and includes the cities of Atami and Ito. Lifeguards patrol the beaches during the summer beach season, and shops and restaurants can be found near the beaches. Train and bus frequencies are comparatively frequent, and most places are within walking distance from a train station or bus stop.

  • Atami Sun Beach
    Ten minute walk from Atami Station
  • Nagahama Beach
    Ten minute walk from Izutaga Station or 20 minutes by bus from Atami Station
  • Ito Orange Beach
    Five minute walk from Ito Station

Around Shimoda

Shimoda is a town near the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. Its train station, Izukyu-Shimoda, is the terminal stop of the Izukyu Railway Line and also a main hub for buses going further down into the peninsula where many nice beaches can be found. One of the Izu Peninsula's most famous beach, Shirahama Beach is only a short bus ride away from the train station.

  • Shirahama Beach
    Ten minutes by bus from Shimoda Station
  • Sotoura Beach
    Seven minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a five minute walk to the beach
  • Kujuppama Beach
    20 minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a short walk along a relatively steep slope to the beach
  • Tatadohama Beach
    About seven minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a five minute walk to the beach
  • Iritahama Beach
    About ten minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a five minute walk to the beach
  • Kisami Ohama Beach
    Ten minutes by bus from Shimoda Station, followed by a 15 minute walk
  • Yumigahama Beach
    25 minutes by bus from Shimoda Station

South Izu

Due to their remote location, most of the beaches in the south of the Izu Peninsula tend to be less crowded compared to those around Atami and Shimoda. Bus service is relatively infrequent to the beaches, and travel by car is a much more convenient way to get around. Lifeguards patrol the beaches during the summer season, and parking is charged at a flat rate of typically 1000 to 2000 yen a day.

  • Hirizo Beach
    Two minute ferry ride from Nakagi Port (2000 yen for a round trip)
  • Yagawa Beach and Mera Athletics Water Park
    Three minute ferry ride from Mera Port (2000 yen for a round trip)
  • Kumomi Beach
    20 minute by bus from Matsuzaki

West Izu

The western coast of the Izu Peninsula is beautiful and more remote than the eastern coast. Public transportation tends to be infrequent, and driving is more convenient to get around, although some of the smaller roads are narrow and parking lots can get full in summer. Some of the beaches towards the northwestern end offer views of Mount Fuji when visibility is good.

  • Noribama Beach
    Immediately south of Dogashima
  • Futo Beach
    Five minute bus ride north of Dogashima, followed by a ten minute walk
  • Tagose Beach
    Five minute bus ride north of Dogashima to Tago, followed by a 20 minute walk
  • Koganezaki Beach
    20 minutes by bus north of Dogashima or 75 minutes by bus from Shuzenji Station, followed by a 10 minute walk
  • Crystal Beach
    20 minutes by bus north of Dogashima
  • Mihama Beach
    In Heda Town
  • Ose Beach
    40 to 60 minutes by car from either Numazu or Shuzenji Station
  • Rarara Sun Beach
    45 minutes by bus from Numazu Station

Getting there and around

Hotels around Izu Peninsula

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    • Pearl Star Hotel ATAMI
      Luxury
      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. Pearl Star Hotel ATAMI offers a hot spring bath. There is an on-site bar and guests can also make use of the business area. Speaking English, Japanese and Chinese, staff at the reception can help you plan your stay. Mount Daruma is 47 km from the accommodation, while Hakone Checkpoint is 20 km away.
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    • SOKI ATAMI
      Luxury
      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 offers 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.
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    • Watei Kazekomichi
      Luxury
      Featuring mountain views, Watei Kazekomichi provides accommodation with balcony, around 2.1 km from Atami Sun Beach. There is an on-site restaurant, plus free private parking and free WiFi are available. Guests can use the hot spring bath and the open-air bath, or enjoy sea views. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units with a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a hot tub. The ryokan offers certain units with garden views, and each unit is equipped with a kettle. At the ryokan, all units include bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area. Shuzen-ji Temple is 31 km from the ryokan, while Hakone-Yumoto Station is 31 km away.
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    • Atami Sekaie
      Luxury
      Atami Sekaie is set in Atami, 2.6 km from Atami Sun Beach, 25 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, as well as 35 km from Shuzen-ji Temple. There is an on-site restaurant, plus free private parking and free WiFi are available. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, each unit comes with a private bathroom. Mount Daruma is 49 km from the ryokan, while Hakone Checkpoint is 22 km away.
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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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    • Mujuan
      Luxury
      Located in Atami and only 2.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Mujuan provides accommodation with sea views, free WiFi and free private parking. This aparthotel features accommodation with a balcony. The aparthotel has a sun terrace and a hot spring bath. The units are equipped with air conditioning, an oven, a microwave, a coffee machine, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. All units are fitted with a kettle and a private bathroom with a bath and a hair dryer, while selected rooms have a fully equipped kitchen equipped with a toaster. At the aparthotel, each unit has bed linen and towels. There is a coffee shop and lounge. Guests at the aparthotel can enjoy hiking nearby, or make the most of the garden. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 28 km from Mujuan, while Shuzen-ji Temple is 34 km away.
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    • Taiseikan
      Mid-range
      Offering an open-air bath and sea view, Taiseikan is set in Atami, 2.3 km from Nagahama Beach and 25 km from Shuzen-ji Temple. Ideally located in the Ajiro Onsen district, this ryokan offers a shared lounge, as well as a hot spring bath and a public bath. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The units in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. There is a private bathroom with bidet in some units, along with slippers, a hair dryer and free toiletries. All units will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Hakone-Yumoto Station is 34 km from the ryokan, while Mount Daruma is 39 km from the property.
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    • ATAMI SPRING TERRACE HOTEL
      Mid-range
      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.
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    • Atami Korakuen Hotel
      Luxury
      Situated in Atami, 1.4 km from Atami Sun Beach, Atami Korakuen Hotel features accommodation with a terrace, free private parking, a restaurant and a bar. The property is around 28 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station, 33 km from Shuzen-ji Temple and 47 km from Mount Daruma. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, room service and free WiFi. The units in the hotel 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 Korakuen Hotel have a balcony. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Atami Korakuen Hotel offers a range of wellness facilities including a sauna and a hot spring bath. Hakone Checkpoint is 21 km from the hotel, while Hakone Shrine is 24 km from the property.
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    • Guesthouse Nishihara
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a garden and mountain view, Guesthouse Nishihara is located in Atami, 1.9 km from Atami Sun Beach and 25 km from Hakone-Yumoto Station. With free WiFi, this 2-star guest house offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a toaster, a coffee machine, a hot tub, slippers and a desk. There is also a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen equipped with a fridge, a stovetop, and kitchenware. At the guest house, every unit has bed linen and towels. Guests can also relax in the shared lounge area. Shuzen-ji Temple is 34 km from the guest house, while Mount Daruma is 48 km away.
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