Ito Onsen, located on the east coast of the Izu Peninsula, is one of the most popular hot springs in the Izu area, and is proud of its abundant flow of spring water and fresh seafood dishes. Since there are many hotels and Japanese style inns in the city, you needn’t worry about finding good accommodation.
You can enjoy strolling along the path that runs alongside the Matsu River, viewing the rustic beauty of the old-style wooden hotels as you walk. The traditional ryokan, Tokaikan, was closed in 1997 and remodeled into a museum; today it is open to the public. The former Japanese-style hotel maintains its traditional beauty and craftsmanship with an impressive observatory tower on the top. You can see various exhibits in the building, and you can also take a spa in the big hot spring bath.
One of the attractions of Ito is that the city remains a hot spring town with the ambience of the good old days. Since the spa has long been visited by many famous writers, there are several monuments to be found in memory of the writers, each inscribed with one of their poems or lines from their books. It might be interesting to walk along the street and find these monuments as you enjoy the seasonal breezes.
Guests at Ito Onsen can enjoy fresh seafood, locally caught off Ito Harbor, which faces Sagami Bay. This will make your onsen trip even more delightful. Ito offers various kinds of seafood including kinme-dai, an alfonsino caught in the sea just off the coast, and aji-no-himono, dried horse mackerel, which will surely satisfy fish lovers. Such seafood is served in a variety of appetizing recipes: sashimi, grilled, deep-fried, simmered in soup, and more.
Ito is also an attractive resort because of the balance between its highlands and the sea, as well as its famous onsen. Izu Kogen Highlands have many unique museums. Why not visit one of them and appreciate the fine arts on display?
Jogasaki Coast commands a breathtaking view of the steep cliffs, the deep blue sea, and a view of the Izu Seven Islands on the horizon. If you take a chairlift to the top of Mt. Omuro, which looks like an upside-down bowl, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Sagami Bay. Lake Ippeki’s emerald-colored water reflects images of the surrounding mountains of Amagi. Izu Shaboten Park exhibits about 1,500 cactus and succulent plant varieties from around the world, as well as birds, and animals including kangaroos and capybaras. These are just some of the attractions to be found in this area.
There are also many golf courses in the area. Golfers can spend a relaxing holiday on the links and take a hot spring bath at the end of each day.
The prestigious Kawana Hotel Golf Course is a golfer’s dream: it commands a view of the Pacific Ocean and Izu Oshima Island. Kawana Golf Course hosts a professional golf tournament every year.
Ito Station can be reached directly by the Super View Odoriko train or the Odoriko train from JR Tokyo Station in about 105 minutes (also available from Shinjuku and Ikebukuro).
Alternatively, take the Shinkansen from Tokyo and transfer to the Ito Line train at Atami. Ito is about 20 minutes from Atami.
Enjoy Ito, an attractive hot spring resort with the added bonus of beaches and highlands!
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