Spots in Izu Area

  • Shimoda Aquarium
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    4.0
    326 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka prefecture 3-22-31
    An aquarium located in Shimoda City, Shizuoka Prefecture built on the water using a natural bay. In the Perry aqua dome situated in the middle of the bay, visitors can view large aquarium tanks recreating the ocean off Izu. There are also bottlenose dolphin shows held on the aquarium’s “marine stage.” Meanwhile, Pacific white-sided dolphin and sea lion shows are held in the aquarium’s marine stadium. Exhibiting some 250 species and 1,500 individual marine creatures, facilities such as a penguin pool, earless seal hall, and sea turtle pond have made the aquarium a top destination for visitors to Shimoda.

    Unique aquarium, as the name suggests, it is a floating aquarium in the sense that they have built a floating bridge on sea water and also building on top of sea. There are couple of Dolphin shows...

  • Shuzenji Temple
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    4.0
    387 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
    264 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
    235 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.

    I visited this place with my 2 year old daughter and another family friends they all enjoyed this trip. Very big place and a lot of places to play/view for children as well as for adults. Very nice...

  • Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden
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    4.0
    272 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.

    We had much more fun than we expected. The conditions for animals are not ideal but the real treat at this place is the large variety of plants that you get to see (and I am not at all a plant...

  • Toi Gold Mine
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    4.0
    226 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
    120 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.

  • iZoo
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    4.5
    123 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...

  • Roadside Station Izu no Heso
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    3.0
    104 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.

    ちょっと古い施設ですが、必要なもの人気あるものは揃っています。買い物しやすいと思います。敷地内にイチゴのお菓子専門のお店も出来てなお楽しい。

  • Dougashima Yuransen Cruising
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    4.5
    139 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.

  • Kissho CAREN
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    4.0
    138 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kitagawa Onsen, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture
    This hot spring inn is located in Kamo County, Shizuoka Prefecture. Its open air baths, sourced from natural free-flowing hot springs, are popular for their sweeping view of Sagami Bay, Izu Oshima Island, and beyond. The well-equipped inn offers facilities such as a library lounge, a member's lounge, and more. The inn also has concierge desk staffed at all times which, among other things, can provide information on sightseeing destinations.

    It was a pleasant and relaxing visit to Izu hot springs. The city is smaller but so many beautiful things to visit. I advise you to walk around (it is really safe) and to visit the Japanese mask...

  • Dairy Kingdom Oratche
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    3.5
    104 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Tagatagunkannamichou Tanna 349-1
    A tourism-oriented farm located in Kannami Town, Tagata County, Shizuoka Prefecture which raises cows, goats, sheep, and rabbits. A petting zoo on the farm lets visitors play with and feed cute animals. There are also activities like milking cows, creating butter and ice cream, and harvesting vegetables. The farm’s shop sells dairy products made with care and attention on-site, juices, jams, and local beers.

    I have a home nearby so visit Oracle often to enjoy fresh milk, best soft cream ice cream, feeding the animals as well as shopping before making personal art things. Great for families. Oracle is a...

  • Ema Strawberry Picking Center
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    4.0
    86 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.

    A typical but nevertheless amazing (as others) Japanese strawberry farm:you pay a set price and eat as many strawberries as you want/can. I don’t remember the exact price, something around $20 or...

  • Chikurin no Komichi (Bamboo Forest Pass)
    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.
  • Tokko-no-yu hot spring
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    3.5
    113 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...

  • Shirahama Shrine
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    4.0
    62 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...

  • Izunokuni Panorama Park
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Izunokuni-shi Nagaoka 260-1

    ロープウェイで山頂近くまで登ります。沼津や修善寺の街が一望でき、お天気さえ良ければお勧めです。 頂上付近には、カフェや足湯、ゆっくり休めるソファーもあって、富士山が『見えれば』最高です! ロープウェイのチケットを買うと、そのまま出せる絵葉書を貰えます。誰かに出すのも旅の記念になります。 コロナ禍の今、余り混まないうちに行くのが良いかな?

  • Oedo Onsen Monogatari Toi Marine Hotel
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shizuoka Izu-shi Toi 2791-4
    This hot spring hotel that also offers day bathing is located about a 50-minute bus ride from Shuzenji Station on the Izuhakone Railway on a Tokai Bus and about a five-minute walk from the Yunokawa bus stop. The ocean-view indoor baths offer bathers a great view of the sun setting over the horizon on clear days. We also recommend the outdoor baths, where bathers can enjoy the pleasant sounds of the waves and the feel of the ocean breeze. The calcium and sodium sulfate and chloride springs are said to promote recovery from fatigue and help with conditions such as nerve pain and muscle soreness. There is also a hot spring-fed pool between the beach and the hotel that guests can enjoy during the summer. Hotel guests can take advantage of a complementary shuttle bus to and from JR Mishima Station.

    The hotel is old and our room felt old. It was clean, just old. Our floor smelled a bit smoky, like years of tabacco smoking trapped in the walls. The staff here are very nice. It is a child-friendly...

  • Kawazu Bagatelle Park
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    3.5
    72 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!

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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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