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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Two fun seaside onsen resort towns and an islet packed with sporting possibilities very close to Tokyo

A coastal town long famed for its many hot springs, Atami started life as a prime spot for VIPs, dignitaries, men of letters and honeymooning couples. The town has recenlty reinvented itself as a destination for museum lovers, Japanese culture fans and ocean sports enthusiasts. Ito is a quieter version of Atami.

Don't Miss

  • Touring Atami's many onsen for a soak
  • Hatsushima's sporting possibilities and small island vibe
  • The Atami Sea Fireworks Festival, in all four seasons

How to Get There

Train and bus are easiest, but renting a car makes sense if you plan to explore the rest of the Izu area.

Atami is less than an hour away on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, and there are slightly slower, less expensive trains available too. If you're up for some island hopping, Atami also serves as a jump-off point for a number of boats that run to Oshima—the closest of the Izu Islands.

Quick Facts

Atami is the gateway to the rest of the beautiful Izu peninsula

Warlords and royalty have enjoyed soaking in Atami's waters for centuries

Atami is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

An onsen paradise

One of the best-known hot spring havens, Atami is rated as one of Japan's top three onsen resorts. In addition to the baths, Atami is famous for plenty of great seafood for you to feast on landed fresh in Atami Bay of the nearby Sagami Bay.

The local castle

Sitting to the south of Atami Station is Atami Castle, boasting one of the finest and loftiest views of the town and ocean. Built in 1959 to draw tourists, you can dress up in Edo-period costumes and visit an erotic ukiyo-e exhibition. The castle is a prime spot for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring and fireworks in summer.

Izu Kogen and the Jogasaki Coast

Located around ten kilometers south of Ito is Izu Kogen. A popular villa district, the area has a number of museums, restaurants, giving you plenty of options to explore. If you're feeling adventurous, head over to Mount Omuro and for views of the beautiful Jogasaki Coast.

Visit a small island with big possibilities

A short ferry ride away in Sagami Bay is the little resort island of Hatsushima. The island offers fishing, a scuba diving/snorkeling center, an athletic playground, an ocean hot spring, and a camping spot. You can walk around Hatsushima in an hour to evaluate your options.

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