Washed by warm Pacific Ocean currents from the south on three sides, and blessed with a dramatic coastline, abundant hot springs and spectacular mountain scenery, the Izu Peninsula has long been a playground for Tokyo’s well-heeled citizens. It’s somewhere to go to just be, rather than do – unless you count stretching out on the soft-as-a-feather sand of one of this near-island’s rare beaches or wallowing in an outdoor thermal pool surrounded by ancient bayberry trees as doing something, of course.
In this Global Geopark, heat is a bit of a theme, whether you’re talking about the temperate maritime climate that makes it an almost-year-round destination, the simmering underground volcanic activity that powers all those mineral-rich thermal springs or even the life-affirmingly delicious local cuisine, which is fired by a lavish use of the knock-your-socks-off wasabi that grows so well here. And it’s hot in other ways, too, not least among Japan’s surfer-dude community, who add their own quirky contemporary note to the general laidback vibe.
Find your Izu Peninsula holiday hotspot with the insight of our in-the-know advisors, who can show you the places to head for the ultimate in relaxation.