East Izu (Shimoda Kaido)

Walking Tour

Japanese History

East Izu Road (Shimoda Kaido)

For centuries, the Higashiura-ji (East Back Road) was the main route along Izu's east coast. The road ran from Odawara Castle to Shimoda, an important port in southern Izu. Records of this road begin around 1170, at the end of the Heian Period, but they were certainly in use long before that. Awaken the lives -- some famous, many ordinary -- of travelers in ancient Japan.

About the tour

The tour starts at the former site of the Oshima Tea House in Ajiro, a neighborhood in the southern part of Atami City. The tour ends at Chozenji Temple in Usami, a neighborhood in the north of Ito City.  This is the most well preserved and maintained section of the old road in Eastern Izu.

Book the East Izu Road (Shimoda Kaido) Tour

Cost: $195 (up to 6 people)
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate – Mostly walking down a mountain path, but there are rocky sections to navigate.

Not handicapped accessible: This is a rugged outdoor walk along rocky paths.