Two to three hours by train from Tokyo station, the Izu Peninsula offers numerous hot springs and seaside resort towns, so it is a popular day trip and weekend get-away destination for many Tokyoites.
Atami and Shimoda are perhaps best known, but there are dozens of less renowned towns on both sides of the peninsula, and in the interior, with inviting attractions.
Izu Peninsula is recognized in the scuba diving community as the most popular destination for mainland Japan diving. The East Coast of Atami is most popular with dive operators for its accessibility and infrastructure, while the West Coast's sites are largely unspoiled, safeguarded from weekend crowds by its remote destination and lack of train stations.
- Mar Scuba Tokyo; Phone: +81 (0)90 3851 3901; Email: [email protected]; Website: http://www.marscuba.com Mar Scuba Tokyo is the longest-running English dive operator in the Tokyo area and offers fun dives and courses at various locations throughout the Izu Peninsula.
- Japan Underwater Explorers; Email: [email protected]; Website: http://www.jue.jp J.U.E. is a recreational and technical dive club/service offering multi-lingual training and fun dive adventures. Japan's premier GUE training service.
- HOTEL-FUJI FUGAKU GUNJO, 2461-1, Yagisawa, Izu-shi, Shizuoka, 410-3303, Japan (about 2 and a half hours from Tokyo by train), ☎ 0558-99-1111 (International : +81-558-99-1111) (fax: 0558-99-1112 (International : +81-558-99-1112)), . checkin: 3:00p.m.; checkout: 12:00p.m.(noon). Fugaku Gunjo is a place where you can have a luxurious time watching the sea, great food and nice hot spring. The room have private open-air bath so you can enjoy the view of the sea while taking a bath. 63,000yen - 73,000yen.