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.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Richard, who's travelled extensively in Japan. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the tea devotee who'll introduce you to the ceremony surrounding Japan's national drink, the noodle guru who'll teach you how to make the perfect bowl of soba and the ryokan owner who'll tutor you in the relaxing art of the onsen.
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