You could spend all day at the beach, whose facilities have just been upgraded, but you would be missing out on many things such as nature walks, exciting castles perched high above the sea, spas, birds wildlife, fishing and excursions on fast hydroplanes to mist shrouded islands.
You will be amongst the world's friendliest people and explore the most welcoming gardens and forest paths. You enter a world of romance and mystery. One of Japan's greatest modern love stories was written about this place in 1903.
Izu is the perfect way out of Tokyo for a week end. I went there by car with my wife and 9 months old son, except for the traffic on the coastline road everything was perfect, so I recommend to take the skyline road through central izu, it is much easier.
Locals are very friendly and always happy to help you, food is also a great attraction, try any fish especially white meat fish and seafood. Every restaurant where we went accepted young babies and gave us some great service. In case you like diving February is the best season as water is clearer.
Very nice natural scene everywhere. If you like driving, try not to 100% follow your GPS sometimes. GPS usually shows the shortest way to your destination but skip some beautiful scene.
Trust me. Just open the map and follow the path near the seashore. You will find something very amazing.
Although there are not too much sightseeing points in Atami, taking a cable car up the hill to the Atami Castle to view the city and bay from a high point is still a good choice.
The shopping streets around the Atami Station have a lots to see and buy. The city shows both historical and modern ways of living in the streets. There will be a lot to do at the beaches during summer but we stayed there in winter time.
Nice beaches, but they are far from restaurants, etc. There are interesting parts of town (Perry Way), but overall the town feels dead with few interesting shops.
You can find good beach and restaurant and Musium. However you need car to move around. Otherwise you have to take taxi a lot.
There are great beaches in this area e.g Shirahama beach. It's best to visit in spring, as it gets very crowded in summer.
It was a lovely area, with some very lovely sights. Some of the views along the coast are just incredible.
It is not really the area to go if you're wanting nightlife - it is an area to admire nature, and to enjoy a quiet atmosphere.
Nice place - atami has more shopping than ito itself though. Would be nice if Buses were more frequent
every peaceful small town, the good way to know the Japan culture. no much tourists. and tasting food