Ito

Introduction to ito

Situated on the north-east coast of the Izu Peninsula, Ito City is only 90 minutes from Tokyo.  The area has primarily two tourist destinations – the hot spring area around Ito Station and the stretch from Kawana Station to Izu Kogen Station to the south.Ito City’s popularity and broad appeal can be attributed to a combination of great ryokan experiences, great restaurants, stunning nature, and an abundance of attractions & activities.

Highlights of Ito

Jogasaki Coast has a beautiful hiking trail with a suspension bridge and lighthouse -the trail is about 10km in length but there are shorter walks available making it accessible for all levels.

Take a chairlift to the top of Mt. Omura – an extinct volcano that affords panoramic views of Mt. Fuji and Oshima Island – it takes about 15 minutes to walk around the crater and you can try your hand at archery in the caldera.

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Things to do & See

  • Seasons
  • Access
  • Stay

SUMMER ( June - August  - 15 - 35 degrees)

Summertime is the peak season for Ito with many people taking advantage of its easy accessibility by train to visit all of the most popular tourist destinations in the area.

The highlands of Izu Kogen are popular in Summer as they provide some relief from the Summer heat and enjoy the cooler temperatures of Lake Ippeki.

 

AUTUMN ( September - November - 10 - 25 degrees)

The leaves start to change color in Ito a little later than colder parts of Japan and the clear blue November skies make for pleasant days in the Izu Kogen area.

Head to some of Ito's World famous golf courses for a round of golf and enjoy the cool sea breezes.

 

WINTER ( December - February - 5 - 20 degrees)

Winter in Ito City is a great time to enjoy the Japanese ryokan hospitality, take advantage of the warm ocean-view hot springs, and indulge in Japanese cuisine.

The many Ryokan around Ito Station are popular this time of the year and the temperate Winter weather in Izu is a great time to wander around and explore the area.

 

SPRING (March - May - 10 - 25 degrees)

Spring is a great time to visit Izu Shaboten Zoo and nearby Sakura no Sato where many of the 3,000 cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at this time of the year.

If you get to Mt Omuro early in the morning there is a good chance of getting a great view of Mt Fuji from the top of the volcano.

Visit the Ito Marine Town Road Station and try some of the seasonal craft beer, dip your feet in the foot bath or enjoy an ice cream while you sit in the sun and watch the boats go by.

BY TRAIN

Take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Kodama from Tokyo to Atami, and change to the local Ito line train to Ito station.

From Ito station, you can use the local buses to get to the center of Ito City.  The trip from Tokyo takes around 2 hours.

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BY CAR

Take the Tomei Expressway from Tokyo transfer at Atsugi IC to the Odawara Atsugi National Route 271 and then take the Route 135 Seisho Bypass and then finally merge onto the Atami Beach Line which follows the coast down past Atami and on to Ito City.

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GETTING AROUND

Ito City is well accessed by the train line and this is a good way to get to the center of Ito and have a walk around the attractions in the city.

For those wanting to go hiking along the Jogasaki coast or to go further afield to Mount Omura or the Animal Park, having a car or using the local bus service is recommended.

Tokai Bus has a 1-Day Bus Pass for Ito City that stops at and provides discounts for, all of the main attractions in the area including Mt Omuro, Izu Shaboten Zoo, and the Izu Teddy Bear Museum. 

The pass costs 1,500 yen for adults and 750 yen for children.

RYOKAN

Ito is famous as a traditional ryokan hot spring destination and visitors have been traveling to the area for centuries to enjoy traditional Japanese ryokan hospitality – an Omotenashi service that includes hot springs, multi-course meals, and relaxation.

HOTELS & RESORT HOTELS

There are a number of ‘Western style’ hotels located in and around Ito ranging from 2~4 stars that include hot spring baths.

MINSHUKU & GUESTHOUSES

Ito has a number of reasonably priced, more intimate  Minshuku and Guesthouses that are often family-run and a great way to meet the locals and learn about daily life in and around Ito.

CAMPGROUNDS & CAMPING CAR OPTIONS

There are not a lot of camping options around Ito but if you would like to camp, the Shiofuki Camping Ground situated right on the coast with lovely views is a nice option.

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