It's Time to Discover Izu
The Izu Peninsula is among the top three destinations for domestic tourism in Japan. However, Izu has not been discovered by many English speaking travelers.
English is not widely spoken in Japan, especially in the more rural areas. Although Japanese people study English for a minimum of six years in primary school, the emphasis is on passing tests, not communicating with English speakers.
Jimmy’s Izu is here to help you experience the rich diversity of the Izu peninsula’s history, geography and people. Not only will you learn about Izu, but the insights you gain will help you enjoy Japan on a more intimate scale.
Jimmy’s 1/2 day walking tours will introduce you to the beauty and charm of Izu. You will discover Izu’s unique landscape, it’s influential history, and it’s culture. All tours are based in and around the city of Ito, the largest and most populated city in Izu, making it a great place to start.
Mt. Omuro, Jogasaki Coast and Ike Village tours are all connected to Izu’s most celebrated volcano. The East Izu-Shimoda Kaido tour will transport you back in time to old Izu.
The 360 degree view from the top of Mt. Omuro includes the Sagami Bay to the east (including all seven Izu islands), the Suruga Bay to the west, and Mt. Fuji to the north. An extinct volcano that erupted 4,000 years ago, its lava flow created the famous Jogasaki coastline.
For centuries, the Higashiura-ji (East Back Road) was the main route along Izu's east coast. Awaken the lives -- some famous, many ordinary -- of travelers in ancient Japan.
To understand Japan, nothing is better than learning about life in a typical rural village. Our tour of the village Ike (ee-kay) is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of Japanese community culture. See how members of the community worked together to survive in Izu's rugged terrain by working in harmony with nature and each other.
Why Jimmy's Izu English Tours?
- Local Insight
I work here, shop here, join the local festivals, help my neighbors, and teach the local kids. Furthermore, I studied Japanese literature at Waseda University, and I’ve learned a lot about Japanese culture and history.
I love the stories of Izu and how the regional folktales explain the character of the locals. Let’s explore and learn about Izu in a comfortable, easy to understand setting.
Ready for more?
When you’re ready to see more of Izu, we are here to help. There are thirteen cities in Izu, and each has its own charm and unique character. Jimmy’s Izu works with just about every tourist office in Izu and maintains a list of links and information on our sister site, Izu Rhythm.