The Izu Peninsula offers a wealth of fascinating dive sites, including wrecks, coral reefs and cave dives, without the need to travel all the way to Okinawa or the Ogasawara Islands.
The Izu Peninsula is a finger of land stretching out into the Pacific Ocean, about 100 km south of Tokyo. It boasts beautiful mountainous scenery, lush forests, lovely beaches, relaxing natural hot springs and some excellent diving opportunities.
The area lies on a tectonic plate boundary, making it mountainous and prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity - but don't let that put you off! If it weren't for this volcanic propensity, Izu Peninsula would be missing its most popular attraction: hot springs.
The /onsen/ hot spring resorts at Atami, Shuzenji and Ito are Izu Peninsula's primary attraction, but there is plenty more to see and do here. The whole peninsula is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, boasting rolling hills, impressive waterfalls, lakes, parks, and beautiful coastlines suitable for swimming and water sports - not to mention great views of Fuji-san! Many people find that the best way to explore Izu is by motorcycle or bicycle, but there are also ample hiking and mountain-climbing opportunities available.
Not only blessed with natural beauty, Izu is also home to some excellent museums - including the Shimoda History Museum and the MOA Museum of Art, which holds a huge collection including many National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.