This dramatic and photogenic stretch of the Izu Peninsula draws hikers, photographers, and romance-seeking couples.
Koganezaki Crystal Park is easy to reach by bus.
The bus leaves from Shuzenji Station, a stop on the Izu Hakone Sunzu line. This connects to Mishima Station on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
Formed by volcanic activity, Koganezaki translates as the golden cape
Yukio Mishima set his novel Beastly Entanglements here
Izu is full of gorgeous views and rugged scenery, and during the day Koganezaki is no different: reefs and islands coloring the ocean, jutting rocks and windswept pine trees. But at sunset Koganezaki steals the show. When the setting sun dips low, and its rays turn red, the volcanic cliffs turn a vivid gold.
In Yukio Mishima's novel "Beastly Entanglements," he poetically describes the breathtaking quality of the view, indelibly marking the scene into Japanese literature. As he did with other locations around Japan, such is Kamishima in the Ise Bay, Mishima's spell has turned Koganezaki into a romantic spot for couples and literary pilgrims alike.