A refined car trip, full of memorable adventures,  savoring culture, nature, and the history of the end of the Edo period.

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This overnight trip sets out from Atami Station with a drive along the Higashi-Izu coastline, staying in the town at Shimoda, the town where Japan opened up to the outside world.

After visiting shrines and historical residences in Atami, enjoy lunch at a classic hotel in Ito. You will then go south to Shimoda, visiting a temple there related to the opening of Japan, and museums.
The next day, you visit a sea cave at the very south of Shimoda. After visiting a museum with Buddhist statues and paintings, you will enjoy a lunch of splendid alfonsino fish from Inatori, look at some hanging Hina dolls, then try your hand at making them with a Hina doll artisan.



JR Atami Station

10 minutes by car


Izusan-jinja Shrine

15 minutes by car



50 minutes by car


Kawana Hotel

75 minutes by car


Perry Road

10 minutes on foot


Ryosenji Temple and Kurofune Museum MoBS

Stay the night in Shimoda City



15 minutes by car from Shimoda City


Ryugu Sea Cave

30 minutes by car


Uehara Museum

40 minutes by car


Korasshe Seafood Market in Inatori.

1 minutes by car


Tokuzomaru restaurant

3 minutes by car


1. Hinanokan Cultural Park 2. Susanoo-jinja Shrine Hina Dolls, and 3. Hanging hina doll-making experience

100 minutes by car


JR Atami Station

Sample route guide

Atomi University Akimoto Yua

The history of the buildings, the scenery, the fresh food: each location made a real impression on me. It was wonderful—so much so that I could do it over again.

Atomi University Eguchi Yumiko

Higashi-Izu is a wonderful place, and with such fresh air. The trip made me want to go back there again.



JR Atami Station

10 minutes by car

1Izusan-jinja Shrine

The crimson-colored main shrine

A popular “power spot”

Izusan-jinja Shrine is the principal shrine of a family of shrines scattered throughout Japan, with names such as Izusan, Izu and Hashiriyu shrines. The shrine was built before the time of Christ and the name of the area, Izu, comes from the shrine deity. Minamoto no Yoritomo and Tokugawa Ieyasu visited the shrine to pray for good luck and protection. Also, Minamoto no Yoritomo is said to have had his future wife Masako fall in love with him by praying here, with Izu therefore coming to also be known as the “marriage god.” Going down the steps of the approach to the shrine, you arrive at the remains of the outer shrine and the Hashiriyu hot spring. You will see the main shrine by walking up the approach.

Address:708-1 Izusan, Atami-shi, Shizuoka

The red and white dragons at the chozuya (water ablution pavilion for ceremonial purification) are a symbol of marriage

A popular spot to wish for love

Stone that Minamoto no Yoritomo and Masako sat on together

15 minutes by car


Impressive ultramarine-colored wall called Aoshikkui (blue plaster) of Kaga

Art deco sunroom

Kiunkaku was originally built in 1919 as a holiday home and was subsequently turned into a ryokan (Japanese inn) in 1947, which was a favorite of great Japanese literary figures. You can enjoy the formal architecture and elegant decorations, and stroll around the promenade garden, which has a lake in the center.

Address:4-2 Showacho, Atami-shi, Shizuoka

Western-style room with bay window and fireplace

Tiled Roman-style bathroom

Café Yasuragi, with a bar from when it was a ryokan (Japanese inn)

50 minutes by car

3Kawana Hotel

The main lobby with the feel of the great hall of a castle

Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood

Kawana Hotel is a classic hotel with the traditions and elegance of having been established in 1936. The hotel golf course, right next to it, is a famous one that every golfer wants to play a round on. The inside of the hotel, with its antique furniture, has a graceful atmosphere. The restaurant offers visitors delectable dishes made from choice ingredients and using the same recipe as when the hotel was first opened.

Address:1459 Kawana, Ito-shi, Shizuoka

The same famous rice omelet as Marilyn Monroe dined on

The sun parlor with a huge bay window looking out on the sea

The outside of the hotel, with its red Spanish tiles and white walls

75 minutes by car

4Perry Road

Monument to the arrival of Commodore Perry’s squadron

Exploring Perry Road

Commodore Perry came on a black ship to sign the Japan-US Shimoda Treaty, landing at Shimoda in 1854. Perry Road is the road that Perry passed along from the port at the head of his 300 men to get to Ryosenji Temple, where the treaty was negotiated. Shimoda radiates an exotic atmosphere, with distinctive looking buildings still remaining here and gas lamps lighting the streets in the evening.

Address:3-14 Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:0558-22-1531(Shimoda Tourist Association)

The magic of gas lamps

Izu stonework and Namako walls exude atmosphere

10 minutes on foot

5Ryosenji Temple and Kurofune Museum MoBS

Stroll around the garden at Ryosenji Temple

Getting a stamp at the main hall

The Japan-US Shimoda Treaty was signed at Ryosenji Temple (a national designated historical site). American jasmine trees are planted at the temple, hence it is also called the Jasmine Temple. The historical museum in the temple called “MoBS (Kurofune Museum)” boasts the largest collection of memorabilia related to the kurofune (black ship) and the opening of the country.

Address:3-12-12 Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka
Inquiries:0558-22-0657(Ryosenji Temple) 0558-22-2805(Kurofune Museum MoBS)

A stylish museum with a modern feel

A shop where visitors can enjoy finding gifts

Inside the museum, with its Kurofune Theater (Chinese and English available) and exhibition room


This was a walking tour of historical spots. I really enjoyed Kiunkaku, which was a lodge where great literary figures stayed.(Akimoto Yua)

People of all ages can enjoy Shimoda with its historical, yesteryear feel. I especially recommend Kawana Hotel, not only for its atmosphere, but also for its sumptuous, delicious food.(Eguchi Yumiko)

Stay the night in Shimoda City


15 minutes by car from Shimoda City

7Ryugu Sea Cave

Skylight formed by wave action and the ceiling crumbling

The otherworldly Ryugu Sea Cave

Ryugu Sea Cave is a geo park comprising a huge sea cave with a partially broken roof. It was created by wave-induced erosion, for a skylight 50 meters in diameter, the largest in Izu. The Izu Peninsula is a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Address:Toji, Shimoda-shi, Shizuoka, close to Sand Ski Resort
Inquiries:0558-22-1531(Shimoda Tourist Association)

Ryugu Sea Cave entrance

Inside the cave where the sound of waves echoes

We discovered a heart when we looked down

30 minutes by car

8Uehara Museum

130 Buddhist statues in the Buddhist gallery

Address:1082-1 Higashiyama, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka

The Uehara Museum of Modern Art and Uehara Museum of Buddhist Art merged in 2017 to become the Uehara Museum of Art. The Buddhist Hall offers a dignified space like a temple hall. The Modern Art Hall exhibits the art collection of Shoji Uehara, the Honorary Chairman of Taisho Pharmaceutical, which includes world famous paintings in addition to the great oil paintings of Japanese artists.
Note: The content of the exhibitions in the Buddhist Hall and Modern Art Hall may change.

Address:1082-1 Higashiyama, Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka

Touching the belly of the Sanpuku statue

Touching the belly of the Sanpuku statue

Free rest space in the Modern Art Hall

40 minutes by car

9Korasshe Seafood Market in Inatori.

Various citrus fruits

Super fresh Inatori splendid alfonsino

Korasshe is a direct sales market at Inatori Port that is a collaboration between the local fish association and agricultural cooperative. Korasshe, in the Inatori dialect, means “come here.” Splendid alfonsino fish at Inatori are popular purchases. Korasshe also offers local Izu specialties, which are perfect as souvenirs.

Address:3352 Inatori, Higashiizucho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

Market entrance

1 minutes by car

10Tokuzomaru restaurant

A varied menu, from course meals to a la carte

Sweet and savory stewed splendid alfonsino pairs perfectly with yellow rice seasoned with cape jasmine

Tokuzomaru restaurant was established in 1926 right in front of the port and has a distinctive Namako wall. Customers can enjoy the delicious splendid alfonsino prepared in various different ways including stewed whole, sashimi (raw fish), and shabu-shabu (thinly cut hot pot). There is also a seafood gift shop called Seafood Minato on the first floor.

Address:798 Inatori, Higashiizucho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

3 minutes by car

111. Hinanokan Cultural Park 2. Susanoo-jinja Shrine Hina Dolls, and 3. Hanging hina doll-making experience

Hinanokan in Inatori. The hall mainly exhibits hanging Hina Dolls including hanging decorations for the Boy’s Festival from April to June and original hanging decorations from September to December.

Experience making Hanging Hina Dolls with the Niko Niko Party” dollmaking group. Please contact the Inatori Association of Sightseeing to participate in the Hanging Hina Dolls making experience

The Hanging Hina Doll has been a tradition since the end of the Edo period. Peasants made the Hanging Hina Dolls and celebrated the Hina Festival wishing for good health and a good match for their daughters. The Hanging Hina Doll Festival is held from January 20 to March 31 every year. The main venues are the Hinanokan Cultural Park and Mukaian Hina Hall.

Address:1729 Inatori, Higashiizucho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka (Hinanokan Cultural Park)
15 Inatori, Higashiizucho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka (Susanoo-jinja Shrine)
Inquiries:0557-95-2901(Inatori Association of Sightseeing)
Note 1: The Hinanokan Cultural Park is closed during summer and on certain other days during the year.
Note 2: The Hina Exhibition at Susanoo-jinja Shrine and the Mukaian Hina Hall are only open during the Hanging Hina Doll Festival
*Please inquire if you would like to try hanging hina doll-making.

Exhibition of rare Hina Dolls and hanging decorations

Hina Dolls on the 118 stone steps and the hanging Hina Dolls at Susanoo-jinja Shrine (limited period only)

Completed peach decorations that are lucky charms for girls


I always wanted to go to the Ryugu Sea Cave, Uehara Museum of Art, and the Hanging Hina Doll Festival, so I am happy I was able to visit these places. Making a Hina Doll was hard, so I appreciate the people who make the dolls, working their good wishes into them.(Akimoto Yua)

Ryugu Sea Cave is a popular spot known for its distinctive heart shaped rock, and scenery there was outstanding. The splendid alfonsino for lunch was delicious, and I bought some gifts at the Korasshe market.(Eguchi Yumiko)

100 minutes by car

JR Atami Station


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