The Most Beautiful Natural Sights of Ito

Crawling along the Izu’s eastern beaches is Jogasaki Coast one of the area’s most scenic stretches of coastline. A collection of jagged cliffs and stunning stone formations, the Jogasaki coast has become a popular hiking route for those wanting to really explore the natural beauty of Ito. If the word hiking sent you running for the hills don’t worry, the area is home to a variety of walking courses for those of any fitness level. Located about 10 kilometers south of the heart of Ito, it’s the ideal spot for an afternoon escape.

The Most Beautiful Natural Sights of Ito

The most well trodden area of the coast is the hiking trail leading up to the Kadowakizaki Suspension Bridge. The 23-meter long and 48-meter high bridge gives visitors an impressive vantage point for really soaking in the coast’s surroundings. Also located nearby sits a little more humble lighthouse that is open to the public free of charge.

The Most Beautiful Natural Sights of Ito
The Most Beautiful Natural Sights of Ito

Known to the locals as ‘the eye of Izu’, Lake Ippekiko is a great location for watching the leaves turn fiery orange during the kouyou (autumn leaves) season. Though the length of the lake’s walking trail is only around 4km, it’s recommended you put aside a few hours for a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge and truly soak in the stunning surrounds. Getting to Lake Ippekiko is quite easy, it’s around 20 minutes by car from JR Ito Station. If you’re getting around by public transport take a Tokai Bus for Shaboten Park from Ito Station and hop off at Ippeki-ko bus stop.

The Most Beautiful Natural Sights of Ito

Located to the eastern coast of Ito sits Mount Omuro, known to the locals as Ōmuroyama. It’s actually an extinct volcano and one of the area’s main natural attractions. What’s so special about Ōmuroyama is the fact that it’s shaped like an inverted rice bowl, the silhouette of which you can see all around the Izu Kogen (highlands) area. The best way to explore the mountain is by taking the chairlift to the top of the mountain, from there you can head along the easy walking path and soak up the incredible 360° panoramic view of Izu Peninsula.

The Most Beautiful Natural Sights of Ito

Running through the heart of Ito’s city center into the neighboring ocean is Matsu River, one of the main focal points of the city. Accompanied by a 1.5km-long walking path the river is dotted with historic sites and foliage that stays lush all year round. Framed with old-style wooden inns, ryokans, and onsens, the Matsu River walk is an historic and unique way to explore this fascinating town.

Facility Name
Ito
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 3-chome
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Facility Name
Jogasaki Coast
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This coastal area southwest of Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture was formed some 4,000 years ago when Mt. Omuro erupted and lava flowed into the ocean, after which the waves eroded the rock over many years, creating rough and precipitous cliffs. There is a nine kilometer long “Picnical Course” hiking trail following the peninsula renowned as a key sightseeing destination in Izu. Notable locations along the course include the thrilling 48 meter long, 23 meter high Kadowaki Suspension Bridge and the Kadowakisaki Lighthouse, which also has a viewing platform for visitors. In addition to offering beautiful views of the Seven Islands of Izu, the area is also a popular diving spot.
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Facility Name
Lake Ippeki
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yoshida
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
Lake Ippeki is located in the Yoshida district of Ito City. Lake Ippeki is a caldera lake that was formed by a volcanic eruption around 100,000 years ago; it has an average diameter of around 600 meters. Known as the “Pupil (in the eye) of Izu,” Lake Ippeki is said to have been a particular favorite of the author and poet Yosano Tekkan and his wife, the poet Yosano Akiko. There are footpaths around the Lake, enabling visitors to stroll round and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, which varies with the seasons (including spectacular autumn foliage). Lake Ippeki is also famous as a place for bass-fishing.
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Facility Name
Mt. Omuro
Address
Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
Parking Lot
Available 300 spaces
Introduction
This is a mountain of 580 meters above sea level in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. There is a crater on the summit with a diameter of about 300 meters, and you can also enjoy walking around the circumference of the crater. The purpose of “Yamayaki” (burning the dead grass off a mountain) which has been done for more than 700 years was in order to obtain Japanese nutmeg which was formerly used as animal feed for livestock. Nowadays, it is done on the second Sunday in February every year, and many people visit for sightseeing. The mountain was designated as a Natural Monument of Japan in 2010.
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    Ito

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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Yukawa 3-chome
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