The Izu Peninsula is a resort area of rugged mountains surrounded by the beautiful ocean.
With Odakyu Limited Express "Romancecar", Izu is about 130 minutes away from Shinjuku, transferring at Odawara Station. Izu, a peninsula jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, is famous for its beautiful beaches, plentiful hot springs (onsen) and wonderful scenery.
The Izu peninsula, offers a rich array of places to stay and visit, including the highland resort of Ito, the wild rugged coastline of Jogasaki, or the tranquil, white sandy beaches of Minami-Izu. The local restaurants offer the freshest fish caught in the local coastal waters, and vegetables and succulent wild boar from the mountains. Izu peninsula provides the setting for Nobel prize winner Yasunari Kawabata's short story 'The Izu Dancer.' There is a monument of the steamship jetty in Shimoda which appeared towards the end of the story.