Spots in Izu Area

  • Chikurin no Komichi (Bamboo Forest Pass)
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    4.0
    318 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 3463-1
    This is a pedestrian walkway that was built over the course of three years starting in 1994 which follows the Katsuragawa River flowing through the center of the hot spring resort near Shuzenji Temple in Izu City. The stone path has a teahouse and a fire watchtower, and in the middle of the bamboo forest offering indelible scenes of Japan is a large bench made of bamboo where visitors can sit down to enjoy the murmuring of the river and the touch of the breeze upon their face. Depending on the season sections are lit up at night, making for an even more magical atmosphere, and this is one of the popular sightseeing spots of Shuzenji.

    This spot was good for photos if it was not crowded, but it was a popular tourist spot, so try your luck.

  • Shuzenji Temple
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    4.0
    377 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 964
    Shuzenji Temple is located in Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture and in 2007 the temple welcomed the anniversary of its 1200-year history. The temple which was initially opened by Kobo Daishi, has now been converted to the Soto school of Buddhism. The Izu peninsula pilgrimage to the 88 sacred places (holy spots related to Kobo Daishi) ends at this temple which also issues amulets. Hot spring water gushes forth and steam rises up from the purificatory font on the grounds of the temple where the charm of this hot spring district lingers. Special events are held to match each season such as open-air concerts during the summer and in autumn, the courtyard tinged with autumn colors is opened to the public. The original “Shuzen-ji Temple meal” is shojin ryori (devotion cuisine) which is originally derived from Buddhism and has adopted the ideas of Chinese herbal medicine. It can be savoured at the tasting event which has been held every year since 2000.

    Ancient building set very close to the Main Street and bus station (from Shuzenji station). Though not big in size there is a great sense of peace and pride in its presence. The area up the hill...

  • Izu Animal Kingdom
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    4.0
    261 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Inatori 3344
    A theme park located in Higashiizu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture with a zoo, amusement park, sports zone, and more. In addition to white tiger, lion, and cheetah exhibits, there’s also a Walking Safari area where visitors can view animals like giraffes and zebras living in environments close to their natural habitat. There’s also a Ferris wheel, go-carts, a Dinosaur Forest dotted with lifelike dinosaur models, and a miniature golf course, making the park the perfect place to enjoy an entire day as a family or group.

    First of all, a zoo is always a little depressing if you think is like a prison, but the zafari advertising of this one catch my attention. It looked ok until you reach the petting zoo. The parrots...

  • Shuzenji Niji no Sato
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    4.0
    228 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji 4279-3
    A theme park which makes the most of the beautiful scenery in the Shuzenji area of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds are a whopping 500 thousand square meters. The park is divided into numerous distinct areas, such as the British Village, modeled after a medieval English townscape; the Canadian Village, modeled after the city of Nelson, Canada; the Western-style Fairy Garden; Japanese Garden; and the Takumi Village, where visitors can try Japanese traditional crafts. Visitors can travel between the areas using a bus or the British-made Romney Railway train. The park is also famous for its autumn foliage, and in fall, the leaves on the park’s approximately 2,000 trees, including 1,000 maples, change into beautiful reds and golds.

    Very interesting place. Dont miss the wonderful tea houses in the authentic setting. You can view Mt. Fuji from several spots.

  • Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden
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    4.0
    266 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Naramoto 1253-10
    This is a zoo and botanical garden in Higashi Izu-cho, Kamo County in Shizuoka Prefecture and is composed of three facilities: an alligator park, a plant park and a separate park. The alligator park allows you to observe 17 different kinds of alligators including cross-breeds from various angles and holds events to get to know alligators throughout the year except in the winter. The plant and separate parks have 15 greenhouses that exhibit approximately 5,000 types of tropical plants including bananas and original orchid species. The separate park is popular for its red pandas. It is also known for having the only Amazonian Manatee in Japan.

    So we went there because the weather was too inclement for diving and we had to pass some time. Its a slightly confusing venue, spread over many different buildings and areas but there is a shuttle...

  • Toi Gold Mine
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    4.0
    225 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Toi 2726
    A gold mine which once boasted the second highest output in the nation from the Edo to the Showa periods located in the Toi area of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The mine was turned into a tourism facility in 1972 after its closure, and today it is open to the general public. The mine contains a 350 meter stretch of tunnel which recreates a mining scene from the Edo period. Visitors can also view a giant, 250 kilogram chunk of gold which is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records, try panning for gold, enjoy a meal at the mine’s restaurant, or go shopping in the souvenir shop. The most popular souvenir sold in the shop is the Kinpaku Castella, castella sponge cake sprinkled with gold leaf.

    1月末に行きました。土肥温泉郷ではちょうど桜祭りをやっており、土肥温泉に泊まった領収書を見せると、@860の入園料が半額になるとのことでしたので行きました。HP上にも割引券が付いています。金山の中はどうやって金を採掘していたか人形再現しており、又金山の廻りにどんな町があり、どんな人がいて、どんな金が取れたのかなど、歴史的な勉強にも見ごたえがあります。お土産屋さんも充実しており、予想外に良かったです...

  • Roadside Station Kaikoku Shimoda Minato
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    3.5
    116 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shizuoka Shimoda-shi Soto Ke Oka 1-1
    A roadside station located along National Route 135 in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. There is a fishery association direct sales store, where you can buy Japanese lobster, turban shell, and abalone, and a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, where you can taste fresh seafood. In addition, it features a harbor museum, souvenir shops, and a tourist information office, so many tourists stop by for a visit.

    Just leaving Shimoda, this is an ideal place to buy some souvenirs. Be aware that some shops don’t accept credit cards. There is a park nearby where kids can play bit.

  • Tsuruya Kisshotei
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    4.0
    186 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunhigashizuchou Naramoto 1125-4
    This hot spring inn is located in Higashi-izu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture. It offers indoor baths, open air baths, and private semi-open air baths, all sourced with free-flowing natural hot springs, and more. The inn, which is visited by many tourists, offer festival games, drinks, and a number of different activities at their Tsuruya Amazake Yokocho, as well as a range of experiences and workshops. The inn also offers popular day spa plans that include lunch.

    A Ryokan made for visitors to relax and heal their minds and soul. Woken by sun rise, several onsen options to choose, beautiful walking track along the coast, tasty meals prepared and excellent...

  • iZoo
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    4.5
    119 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Hama 406-2
    Located in Kawazu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture, iZoo is one of the largest zoos in Japan dedicated to reptiles and amphibians. iZoo cares for a diverse variety of reptiles and amphibians, including an endangered Galapogos giant tortoise, iguanas, lizards, snakes, and frogs. In addition to indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, visitors can also enjoy taking commemorative photos, petting, and feeding some of the zoo’s creatures. Children 30 kilograms and under can take a photo riding the giant tortoise (extra fee required). Closest station: Kawazu Station on the Izu Kyuko Line. Closest bus stop: The “Shobusawa” stop on the Tokai Bus.

    私は爬虫類には全く興味がないのですが、カメレースとガラパゴスゾウガメとの写真が本当に良い印象に残りました! Even I am not interested in them, very rare crocodiles and chameleons were very interesting to see. We took photos with Galapagos Turtle and...

  • Dougashima Yuransen Cruising
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    4.5
    138 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunnishizuchou Nishina 2060
    These are sightseeing cruise boats that depart from Nishi Izu-cho, Kamo County in Shizuoka Prefecture; cruises last for approximately 20 minutes and tour round the mysterious caves of Dogashima. The cruise tours the ever-changing ria coastline and the small islands that pepper the sea as well as the Tenso Skylight Cave where the blue sea sparkles in the light that shines through a hole in the ceiling and Sanshiro Island than can only be accessed on foot at low tide. As the cruises depart every 10–15 minutes, you can drop by anytime when you are out for a drive.

    Its not that beautiful in reality when seen from boat as some of pictures mention. Better to see the cave area from top by short 10min hike on top of caves.

  • Kannon Principle (day-use hot spring)
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Shimoda-shi Yokokawa 1092-1
    This hot spring day-trip hotel was opened by Kannon Onsen Inn, nestled in the mountains of Shimoda City in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2010. The Kannon Onsen hot spring source was discovered by the founder due to a divine message from a Boshisattva and it is well-known as a good quality spring in Izu. The running hot spring water is highly alkaline with a pH of 9.5. Relax, enjoy and feel the breath of Mother Nature in the large, all-Japanese-cypress indoor bath and the open outdoor rotemburo bath that looks out onto the Amagi Mountain Range.

    That was great experience. We just stayed one night, but we had a great time. You could get a fee bus from the station. After checked in, you could go around outside and farms. The room that we...

  • Roadside Station Izu no Heso
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    3.0
    101 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Takyou 195-2
    This roadside station serves as a hub for river fishing, outdoor sports, walking, and cycling. The station, which has a baumkuchen cake factory on its grounds, is popular for selling fresh-baked baumkuchen. The factory has glass walls which allow visitors to watch the production process. Visitors can also eat the cakes at the adjacent cafe.

    沼津から西伊豆に向かう途中に寄りました。 イチゴ専門のお店には美味しそうなケーキも沢山ありました。 トイレ休憩で寄っただけなので、ソフトクリームで我慢。 このソフトクリームは美味しかったです。

  • Tokko-no-yu hot spring
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    3.5
    109 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Shuzenji
    Tokko-no-yu is the birthplace of the Shuzen-ji hot spring, and it gushes forth through the clear stream of Katsura River which flows through the center of the Shuzen-ji hot spring town. When Kobo Daishi visited Shuzenji Temple in 807, he was impressed by the filial piety of a boy who was washing the back of his sick father in the Katsura River, thinking that “the water in the river must surely be cold”, legend has it that he struck a river rock with a Buddhist ritual implement and hot water sprang forth. However, currently it is prohibited to bathe in this hot spring.

    This is yet another site connected to Kobo Daishi in Shuzenji. Do research and read the story of how the original hot spring came to be. It just adds to the mystery and wonder of this revered...

  • Ema Strawberry Picking Center
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Kitaema 563-7
    Located in Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Ema is perhaps the largest strawberry picking facility in the prefecture. The center is only open during strawberry season, from December to around the Golden Week holidays (early May). Visitors can enjoy eating two strawberry varieties here: Akihime, a large sized strawberry cultivar originally developed in Shizuoka; and Benihoppe, a variety based on Akihime. During a picking session, visitors can eat as many ripe, sweet, and juicy strawberries as they like for 30 minutes, and condensed milk to top them with is provided for free. Ema’s shop sells strawberries for taking home, strawberry jam, and strawberry sweets.

    This a wonderful stop! They provide you with everything you need to pick and eat delicious strawberries. They were truly the best strawberries I have ever tasted!

  • Shirahama Shrine
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Shimodashi Shirahama 2740
    This is Izu’s oldest shrine located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture. As the temple grounds sit on a hillside on the Shirahama coast “Hidachiyama” (Mt. Hitachi), it is called Shirahama Shrine but its official issued name is Ikonahime no Mikoto Shrine. The god of matchmaking, Ikonahime no Mikoto is enshrined in the main shrine. The Chinese parasol tree forest is one of Japan’s Natural Treasure, while the 2000-year-old juniper tree forest has been designated by Shizuoka Prefecture as a Natural Treasure.

    Coming south along the east coast of Izu toward Shimoda, one arrives at Shirahama shrine. It seems small from the road, but once you pass under the Torii Gate, the grounds are very nice. I noticed...

  • Kawazu Bagatelle Park
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunkawaduchou Mine 1073
    A French garden located in Kawazu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture which was created as a sister garden to the Bagatelle Park in Paris, France. Past the avenue of trees at the entrance to the park, visitors will find the park’s French Plaza, an area filled with a fountain and small villas modeled after the Palace of Versailles. The park is planted with 1,100 varieties and 6,000 individual rose plants and the bilaterally symmetrical park stretching into the distance looks like something out of an oil painting. There is also a café in the shop which serves popular rose soft serve ice cream and a shop selling rose-themed goods.

    Number one advise would be to check the bloom on their website before making the journey to the place. We were there just a week after the park opened for the season and the roses were still budding...

  • Kayama Yuzo Museum
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunnishizuchou Nishina 2048-1
    A museum dedicated to actor, singer, songwriter, and artist Yuzo Kayama situated in Dogashima, Nishiizu Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture, an area near and dear to him. The museum houses a gallery of photos introducing Kayama’s personal life and career from his birth to today, as well as models of his beloved boat the Koshin-maru and his future dream ship, paintings, a model railroad (one of Kayama’s hobbies), some of his favorite guitars, and sheet music penned by the artist himself. The museum is also adjoined by a shopping area, one of the largest such spaces in Nishiizu, selling specialty products and original merchandise; and a restaurant where visitors can enjoy a meal along with gorgeous ocean scenery.

    wonderful place, his music is piped out over the speakers in the restaurant, and hallways, and even out side!

  • Hakone Jukkokutoge Cable Car
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Tagatagunkannamichou Kuwahara 1400-20
    This cable-car line in Kannami-cho, Tagata County, Shizuoka Prefecture is operated by the Izuhakone Railway and connects Jukkoku Noboriguchi Station and Jukkoku Touge Station. The cable cars run every 15-minutes and the trip takes three-minutes. There's a free dog park at the top of the mountain so you can ride the cable-car with your favorite pet pooch.

    You can easily do a round trip of the national park with this a pleasant part of the trip. Benefits are weather dependant and that is a big if! However even in teaming rain we were able to see the...

  • Egawatei (The Egawa Residence)
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izunokunishi Nirayamanirayama 1
    Egawatei is the local governor’s residence where the Egawa family, descendants of Yamato Genji for over 900 years and 42 generations, resided. It has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It is located in the site of the Nirayama government office, designated a national Historical Site of Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Following the Hogen Rebellion in 1156, Uno Chikanobu, the sixth generation of the Uno family, settled in the land of Izunirayama and so began the history of the Egawa Residence. The Uno family renamed themselves as the Egawa family and served as local governor for eleven generations during the Edo period. The main building is a single story building with a half-hipped roof. There are lots of things to see such as the quake-absorbing geometric lattice-work of the roof, and the ‘live pillars’ where trees have been used in the construction of the building.

    反射炉と同様に、こちらもガイドの方が丁寧な説明をしてくれました。 建物は、手入れも行き届いて見ごたえがありました。 裏庭の拝観時期は過ぎていましたが、紅葉が残っており、見せていただきました。

  • Baird Brewery Gardens Shuzenji
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Izushi Odaira 1052-1
    This back-to-nature farm-type brewery built was built in 2014 as a place where people can reacknowledge and rediscover the deep connection between beer and nature through brewing and pesticide-free organic farming. It hosts a number of events, including brewery tours guided by its employees. The facility also has a camping area on its grounds where people can enjoy Baird beer together with nature.

    ホントに美味しかった〜!美味しすぎた。 奥さんと2人で始めたって言うのも素敵だし、工場見学も無料だし、外でキャンプも出来るし、何よりびっくりしたのは、 タップルーム で、飲むときにお好きなおつまみ持ち込み可!! 知ってたらチーズ買って行きたかった。売ってるおつまみもすっごく美味しくて、マリアージュバターサンド が特に好きだった、、、チャイ味のバターサンドと黒ビール...

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With the giant Pacific Ocean to the south and the great Mount Fuji to the north, Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with some of the best views the country has to offer. The white sand beaches of the Izu Peninsula are a rare find on mainland Japan, neighbored by beautiful cliffs, tumbling hills, and natural hot springs. As Japan’s largest producer of green tea, the age-old tradition of tea drinking is ubiquitous in Shizuoka, from the miles of tea fields to the old tea houses hosting traditional tea ceremonies.

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