Izu is located in the north-central portion of Izu Peninsula, and includes most of the Amagi Mountains. The region is a mountainous-like because of so many hills around and 80% of the city area is covered by forest.
If you get the chance to visit the place, check out some interesting places and the best things to do to make your stay unforgettable!
【1】Be captivated by Joren Falls
|Address||892-14 Yugashima, Izu 410-3206, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Operating Hours||24 hours|
This waterfall was just off the main road, and right beside both an amazing river with fantasy-like moss-covered builders, and also right beside a wasabi farm! It was three attractions in one. There was a rickety footbridge without any handrails to cross the river.
Admission is free so you can enjoy this place at no cost! You can purchase fresh wasabi and other wasabi products in a small shop close to the fall before head to the uphill steps again!
【2】Watch the sea creatures at Shimoda Aquarium
|Address||3-22-31, Shimoda 415-8502, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Operating Hours||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
This aquarium was established in 1967 and it is definitely showing its age. However, all the shows are well-done and you can really feel the bond between the animals and the trainers. Unlike the big productions like Sea World, you can get really close to the animals and take pictures while the dolphins and the seals pose behind you.
If you’re in the area and want to spend half a day out of the sun (or the rain), this is a sweet little aquarium with great shows to enjoy. The gift shop is big with lots of “kawaii” souvenirs to choose from as well.
|Address||3135-7 Koshimoda, Izu 410-3304, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Operating Hours||8:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
Love is in the air. When the weather is clear you can see the view of Mount Fuji from the cape. Many couples have wedded here too and during sunset, the view is no doubtly very romantic.
There is one café serving tea and coffee from plastic cups! It’s a tiny bit kitsch but well worth going for the scenery. There’s a resident cat on the boardwalk which has it’s own billboard!!
【4】Swim and Play at Hirizo Beach
|Address||1260 Nakagi, Minamiizu-cho, Kamo-gun 415-0311, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Operating Hours||8:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
The beach is accessed by boat from the nearby beach, takes about 2 minutes on water, but lines can be very long. Hirizo-hama beach has no tourist structure, so you have to take snacks and maybe a small tent. The ticket can be used all day, so you can go back if you need to use the restroom or buy food/drinks.
Nature is impressive in there, morays and a huge variety of life can be found. Water can be VERY cold, even in summer. The rocky beach was definitely offset by the tropical sea life that can be easily seen as soon as you enter the water.
|Address||Koganezaki Park, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun 410-3502, Shizuoka Prefecture|
|Operating Hours||24 hours|
This is probably one of the best spots to capture the sunset or even the sunrise and the freshness of the air plus the sea breeze. You can have a relaxing or romantic time with your other half while drinking wine. Definitely a must-visit place when you are in Izu.