Introduction to Izu onsen
Due to Izu’s volcanic history, it is blessed with hot spring water that is rich in salts and sulfates that have been used in Japan for centuries to cure all sorts of ailments.
For Japanese onsen lovers there are endless options available in Izu – indoor, outdoor, private baths, sea views, mountain views, and even a riverside outdoor onsen next to a waterfall.
SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS ONSEN IN IZU
There are numerous ‘Onsen Resort Towns’ dotted along Izu’s East Coast which vary in size and popularity from perhaps the most popular being Atami and Ito City due to their easy accessibility from Tokyo.
In Central Izu, the small onsen towns of Shuzenji and Izu Nagaoka have been popular destinations for centuries due to the exceptional hospitality that is provided to visitors.
Things to do & See
SHUZENJI ONSEN (IZU CITY)
Shuzenji Onsen is the oldest onsen town in the Izu Peninsula - it is often referred to as 'Little Kyoto'.
With the stunning natural scenery of the town and its surroundings, it should not be missed during your trip.
The famous Japanese novelist Natsumi Soseki famously recovered from serious health issues after staying in Shuzenji and regularly bathing in the onsen there.
ATAMI ONSEN (ATAMI)
Atami has lots of open-air and indoor onsen and just 40 minutes from Tokyo Station it is a great option for visitors that are looking for an authentic Japanese Onsen experience easily accessible from the city.
Known for their healing properties they are famous for the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu taking the water back to Edo with him.
TOI ONSEN (IZU CITY)
Toi Onsen Town's location on Izu's West Coast affords it great views of Mt Fuji across Suruga Bay.
Toi was once a thriving Gold Mining town providing both Tokyo and Shizuoka City with gold to adorn the temples and castles.
The first hot springs were found when the mining first started and Toi has a long history of looking after weary travellers providing them with mineral-rich hot springs to help soothe aching bones.
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