Surround yourself with beautiful lush greenery and rugged coastlines
The Izu Peninsula is one of the most popular destinations in Shizuoka Prefecture, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. It is best known for its natural beauty, rugged coastlines and most of all, onsen (hot springs). In the summer in particular, large numbers of tourists flock to the beaches, cliffs and peaks of Izu to escape the bustling city atmosphere. While the east coast of the peninsula is more popular as a tourist destination, the west coast is generally quieter and offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji.
Izu Peninsula can be accessed from Tokyo Station in approximately 40-50 minutes on the Tokaido Shinkansen. Atami, a prominent hot spring resort that dates back to the 8th century, is located in Eastern Izu. Visitors can experience staying at one of many ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) in the area and soothe your muscles in the hot spring baths. Shuzenji Onsen, located in the center of the peninsula, lacks the ocean views of other hot springs, but is one of the oldest and most famous hot spring resort towns on the Izu Peninsula.
Another popular tourist site in the area is the Atami Castle, which is located along the Nishiki-ga-ura coast, one of the best sightseeing spots in Atami. Atami Castle was built as a tourist attraction in 1959, and stands 100 meters above sea level to offer panoramic views of Atami and Sagami Bay.
In southeastern Izu, you can find the Kawazu Nanadaru, the name of the seven waterfalls in the mountains above the town of Kawazu. The height of the waterfalls ranges from 30 meters to two meters, and visitors can take in the lush greenery and majestic views during a pleasant hike along the walking trail. The small hot spring resort Nanadaru Onsen located at the base of the trail is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day.
Interact with locals and fellow students while perfecting your Japanese
The Shizuoka International Language School was founded in 1989. The curriculum is largely divided into beginner level courses, intermediate level courses and advanced level courses. The courses start off by teaching basic Japanese terms and help prepare students for passing university or college entrance examinations throughout the course of the year. Students are also encouraged to take part in the various events held by the school in order to interact with fellow students and local residents.
Another excellent option is the Kokusai Kotoba Gakuin Japanese Language Institute. Founded in 1991, the school offers a one-year course and a two-year course, as well as private/semi-private lessons and group lessons to suit the various needs of each student. Students at Kokusai Kotoba Gakuin Japanese Language Institute are also encouraged to participate in the many school events held throughout the year, including a hiking trip up Mt. Fuji and an annual school festival.
Enjoy easy access to the lush greenery, beaches and hot springs of Izu
The Yoyogi Koen 1 share house and guest house is an excellent choice for visitors who wish to stay in the heart ofSAKURA HOUSE Izu Kawazu, which will be newly opened in July 2019, is a great option for visitors who wish to escape the bustling crowds of Tokyo and enjoy a relaxing and memorable experience. The share house is located in Kawazu, a small town in the south of Izu Peninsula, and offers visitors the opportunity to take in the stunning sites and beaches in the area. The area is especially popular during the summer, when tourists flock to the popular Imaihamas and Shirahama beaches, but can also be enjoyed year-round with activities such as hiking, fishing, cycling and of course, relaxing in the famed hot spring baths. In fact, the share house features two small private hot spring baths so that visitors can unload after a long day of sightseeing. The two-story building has a total of five Japanese-style rooms and a shared dining and kitchen room, making it ideal for solo travelers, families, students and groups.