A handpicked selection of experiences endorsed by our experts. If you can’t see what you’re looking for, let us know, as our extensive network of local contacts can open many doors.
Beaches of Izu
Visit the beaches of Izu. Hailed as one of the best Japanese locations for watersports, you can take this day as an opportunity to embrace surfing, water skiing, or, for those with relaxation in mind, sea bathing. In addition, it is a valuable opportunity to see Tokyo ’s normally non-stop residents escape and take some time for relaxation and leisure.
Take a bike ride through the gorgeous Izu Peninsula. Boating lush farmland along a dazzling coastline, every twist and turn of the placid countryside offers fresh, natural vistas and revitalizing country air.
Spend the morning hiking through Izu. Geologically comprised of ancient, eroded volcanoes which have formed the Amagi Mountain Range bisecting the peninsula, the uneven terrain is ripe for exploration and trekking.
End your day immersed in a hot spring, unwinding after an active day of sun and adventure.
Perry’s Black Ships
During the Japanese Sakoku, or isolation period, beginning in 1633, Japan had cut off ties with the surrounding world to focus on its own cultural and political development. Commodore Matthew C. Perry and his fleet of Black Ships was responsible for ending this era, when he arrived in the Izu Peninsula, demanding Japan open its ports to the United States. While ultimately a conflicted event, it nonetheless radically altered Japanese history and is commemorated as a grand turning point. Within Izu, you can view a recreated model of his Black Ship, a popular destination for travelers concerned with the historical implications of eastern-western relations. There are several other monuments to Perry throughout Izu, including a statue, located along the coast.
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- Iya Valley
- Izu Peninsula
- Kotohira & Takamatsu
- Lake Shikotsu
- Lake Toya
- Matsuyama & Imabari
- Naoshima & Seto Inland Sea Islands
- Yakushima Island
Surrounded by lush gardens and bamboo forest, this first-rate ryokan inn is anchored around a pristine lake and offers indulgent hot spring baths. Founded in the 15th Century, this family-run business remains one of the premiere ryokan inns in Japan. All of its 17 guest rooms feature unique designs while staying true to their timeless, minimalist aesthetics. Meticulously crafted meals are served in accommodations, and the staff unrolls fresh futons every night. There is a stage atop the central pond, a gift to the Asaba Ryokan during the Meiji restoration, that holds performances and an intimate spa. Indoor, outdoor, and private baths give guests the opportunity to bathe in flowing onsen waters, and many rooms are fitted with their own private baths. Service is impeccable and the surroundings are serene.
Ochiairou Murakami is a classic, old-school Japanese ryokan located in a stunning valley setting on the Izu Peninsula. The 15 classic-style rooms feature futon beds, tatami mats, baths fed by local spring water, and beautiful views of the property's gardens. Breakfast and dinner are also served in the rooms, including the hotel's legendary 12-course kaiseki dinner, made from local specialties. And of course, don't forget to relax in the communal hot baths!
Japan Goes Well With
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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- Juanita Pienaar
Check out the luxury onsens and ryokans on the Izu Peninsula, but there is a little surprise under the waves: Chinsen, a 120-meter cargo vessel 30 meters below the surface well worth the effort for experienced divers.
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Peter and Maria from London
We are extremely demanding and we don't give 'perfect 10s' but this trip was close.