It's Time to Experience Izu
It's easy to get here
As a side trip on your way from Tokyo to Kyoto, transfer at Atami or Mishima.
For a day trip from Tokyo, board the JR Odoriko train at Tokyo and be in Izu Kogen in 2 hours without ever having to transfer.
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.
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.
What is a walking tour?
It’s easy to forget that not long ago, everybody got from one place to another by walking. When you walk outdoors, you get out in the fresh air, you share your experience with others, and you rediscover the amazing beauty of the world around you. Simple walking taps into something very fundamental. The goal of our tours is to immerse ourselves in Izu’s amazing nature and discover with all our senses.
Jimmy’s walking tours will not only introduce you to the beauty and charm of Izu, but will show you connections to Japanese history and culture. All tours are designed to help you appreciate the local and national character of Japan.
All tours are based 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.
Jimmy’s Izu Tours is open Thursday – Monday, year round.
We run two tours each day:
Izu is famous for its natural beauty
Earning a UNESCO Global Geopark title in 2014
Mountains and rivers
Crystal clean water flows down from Izu’s interior mountain streams, feeding its famous wasabi fields. Walk along the old mountain roads. Be blown away by sweeping vistas, and breathe new vitality in Izu’s restorative mountain air.
Amazing diving spots
The same streams become rivers carrying nutrients to an amazing variety of fish and sea creatures, attracting divers and snorkelers from afar and producing some of Japan’s most delicious seafood.
And the scenery!
Lava flows created some of the most amazing coastal scenery in Japan which can be enjoyed along many trails or from your spot on a sandy beach.
It’s all here in Izu!
Why Jimmy's Izu English Tours?
- Local Insight
I live here, work here, shop here, join the local festivals, help my neighbors, and teach the local kids. I studied Japanese literature in Japan, and I love Japanese culture and history.
I ‘m always searching out stories and regional folktales. Come explore Izu with me in a comfortable, easy to understand setting.
What else is there to do in Izu?
When you’re ready to see more of Izu, Jimmy’s Izu Tours is 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.