7 Best Beaches in Izu Peninsula
Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture is the best beach destination from Tokyo!
1. Shirahama Beach (白浜海岸)
The most popular beach in Shizuoka prefecture at south part of Izu. 800m long Shirahama beach is famous for its crystal white sand and clear blue water and has a small shinto torii gateway on the beach which makes the scenery look even more special. It can be accessed by bus from Shimoda station.
2. Sotoura Beach (外浦海岸)
Within 10 mins drive from Shirahama beach to down south, Sotoura beach is more popular from family and those who wants to chill and feel the nature. This creek beach is calm and has a rocky shore where kids enjoy exploring nature and wild life.
3. Iritahama Beach (入田浜)
20 mins drive down south from Sotoura beach. Iritahama Beach is a true hidden gem with a chilled atmosphere and the beautiful landscape. The transparency of the sea water in this beach has been ranked as one of best in Japan!
4. Norihama Beach (乗浜海岸)
Norihama beach is located in Kamo district in west coast of Izu peninsula. West Izu consists lots of small islandan islets which creates the amazing landscape from the beach.
5. Dogashima (堂ヶ島)
Within 10 mins walk to up north from Norihama beach, Dogashima is a spectacular scenic point famous for “tombolo”. It’s a sandbar which appear only twice a day when it’s low tide. It’s also a great spot for watching sunset.
6. Ukishima Beach (浮島海岸)
Approx 2 km up north from Dogashima area, Ukishima beach is a calm creek beach with crystal clear water in geosite of west Izu peninsula where you can enjoy the view of wild rock formations.
7. Koganezaki Cape (黄金崎)
15 mins driving to up north from Ukishima beach. Well,it’s not a beach but it is worth-visiting site for viewing the beautiful scenery of the coast. The sunset view with the golden cliff is just breathtaking.
All those spots are located in Izu peninsula which is easy to travel around by car. Yet, there are public bus service to each points which is not too bad if you do not have a car and are willing to travel by public transport. After playing hard on the beach, getting a sun tan and watching a beautiful sunset, I would recommend you to stay at one of Onsen Ryokans (traditional Japanese style hotels with hot spring) to soak up your body and be indulged with their delicious Japanese meal (especially fresh seafood from local)!!
Hope you have enjoyed my beach hopping guide in Izu peninsula!!
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