Beaches for Walking
About 20 million years ago, the Izu Peninsula was a submarine volcano
on the Philippine Sea Plate far to the south of Japan's main island Honshu.
Drifting north along with the plate, the land collided with Honshu
a million years ago and took the shape we see today.
This movement led to the creation of the peninsula's intricate coastline and powerful volcanic topography, which allow you to view and experience the earth's dynamic workings firsthand when you visit this remarkable Geopark.
Some 4000 years ago, the eruption of Mt. Omuro unleashed a lava flow that cooled and hardened to form the jagged cape that extends along the coastline. The area is now a walking course where visitors can see the unusual volcanic topography. Especially popular sightseeing spots in the area include a 360° view of the Izu Seven Islands and a suspension bridge rising 23m over the sea.more
Senbonhama Beach features a 10km stretch of beautiful Japanese black pine forest. Backed by Mt. Fuji and facing the expanse of Suruga Bay, the view is superb and has been chosen as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan as well as one of the 100 Best Beaches with White Sand and Blue Pine. In summer, visitors are welcome to swim here as well.more
Once a submarine volcano, many years of erosion has exposed white layers which have gotten the attention of volcanologists the world over. Points of interest include such sights as the sunlight pouring through the "tensodo", a natural skylight of a sea cave, and the tombolo at Sanshiro Island.more
The rocky shore and crystal clear water make this a perfect diving spot and the three great rocks standing in a row give this beautiful landscape an air of mystery. To enjoy the beautiful ocean scenery there is the Tomyogasaki Promenade which stretches along the cape from the Futo Coast to Tagosebama Beach.more
At the Izu Peninsula's southernmost cape are Ishimuro and Kumano Shrines. Promising good luck for matchmaking and marriage, Kumano Shrine is especially popular with young people. If you take a pleasure cruise you can view Cape Iro from the sea and appreciate just how transparent the water is at Hirizo Beach.more