Famous Hot Springs in Japan: Inatori Onsen (Shizuoka)
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There are many hot spring sources in Izu, Shizuoka. Inatori Onsen is one of hot spring sources, which is situated on the cape on the East coast. Since it is situated on the cape sticking out in the sea, there are many amazing hot spring baths with a great view of the sea in Inatori Onsen. Furthermore, you can also enjoy fresh seafood from the port situated in the area.
It is a relatively new hot spring spot in Izu Peninsula. It has became a famous hot spring area afterthe limited express line, Izu Kyuko line, and a highway were created, linking this place and other major cities.
The hot spring water is known for its medicinal effects. It is known for helping to relieve high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and rheumatism.
1. Pray at Dontsuku Shrine
After leaving your hotel, you can go for a nice walk around the hot spring town. Near the lighthouse, there is a small shrine called Dontsuku Shrine. Mikoshi (portable shrine), that is used during Dontsuku Festival every June, is enshrined here. It is a shrine for protecting family happiness. Why don’t you visit here and pray?
Address: 1021 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-1157
2. Go to the morning market on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays!
If you are at Inatori Onsen, I recommend you to visit the morning market at the port that takes place on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays. It is the place where locals buy fresh fish. Tourists can also find great gifts here, including dried fish and other sweets of Inatori to take back home. On top of that, you can try “Ara soup” with a great taste of alfonsino for free. Why don’t you try one?
Morning market at the port
Address: 3354 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-1100
Opening days: Every Saturday, Sunday and national holidays
Opening hours: 8:00-12:00
3. Relax taking a foot bath while looking at the fishing port
You will see the Inatori fishing port as you walk near the shore of Inatori. In front of the port, you will find a foot bath called Tokuzomaru Foot Bath for Ama (female divers). You can relax while enjoying the view of the port.
Tokuzomaru, foot bath for ama
Address: 774 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-1688
Opening hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed: Every Wednesday
4. Enjoy alfonsino sushi, the speciality of Inatori, for lunch!
Uohachi Zushi is a long-standing sushi restaurant that serves fresh sushi made of alfonsino. Here you can enjoy fresh alfonsino caught at Inatori for lunch. Although it is a white meat fish, it is rich in fat with a mild flavor!
Address: 371-4 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-1430
Opening hours: 11:00-20:00
Closed: Wednesday and national holidays (No holidays in February, March and August)
5. Enjoy unique experiences at Izu Animal Kingdom!
After lunch, you can go to Izu Animal Kingdom, situated approx. 10 min by bus from Izu Inatori station. In addition to caressing many animals, there is one thing you can only experience in this zoo, and not anywhere else in Japan. That is to have a cup of tea or meal close to a white tiger. You can have meals while watching white tigers, scratching on the window. It might seem like they want to have what you are having, don’t you think?
Izu Animal Kingdom
Address: 3344 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-3535
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 *Open 9:00-16:00 between October and March
6. Pray at Saikoji to get rid of evil spirits before you leave
Situated right near Izu Inatori station, Saikoji is a temple with a great 700-year-old kaya tree (torreya). There are also so many strange things at this temple. In the underground of the main hall, there is a route which will get rid of evil spirits if you go round once. You can pray for a great trip here!
Address: 563-1 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-2737
In this hotel, all the guest rooms have a view of the sea! There are big communal baths with a view that extends over two floors, both for men and for women. In addition, open-air bath and private open-air bath are available as well. For breakfast and dinner, you can savor many specialties of the port town, Inatori.
Address: 1531 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-1234
◆Izu Inatori, Ginsui-so
It is a luxurious hotel that is chosen as the second best in terms of services and the third best in terms of meals in Japan, according to “100 best accommodation facilities chosen by experts”. The open-air bath with a view over Inatori Peninsula is just amazing! You can also taste many dishes made using seasonal seafood. You can enjoy everything Inatori Onsen can offer at this hotel.
Address: 1624-1 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-2211
The best season to visit Inatori onsen is from July to September! During this period, you can enjoy an amazing time at Inatori Uki-uki beach, surrounded by rocks. It is like a natural swimming pool, safe to bathe for family with children. It is only in summer that you can enjoy the beach and relax your tired body in a hot spring bath after. Check the official website for the formal start of the bathing season and the start of swimming season before visiting.
Inatori Beach, Inatori Uki-uki beach
Address: Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: 0557-95-1401 (Tourist association)
Opening period: From the middle of July to the middle of August
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Hina-matsuri is a traditional festival in Japan, in which we pray for the happiness of female children by decorating gorgeous hina dolls. In the port town, Inatori, mothers create their dolls and suspende them in the air during this festival. At the Inatori Cultural Park, Hina Museum, you can see this Tsurushi Kazari. Furthermore, Hina no Tsurushi Kazari Festival takes place at the end of January to March each year.
Cultural park, Hina museum
Address: 1729 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone No.: +81-557-95-2901
Opening hours: 9:00-16:30
Entrance fee: 300 yen
By train: Approx. 2 h 30 min from Tokyo station on the limited express Odoriko or the limited express Super View Odoriko.
By bus: Direct bus to Inatori onsen from Kajibashi Parking at Tokyo Station
2829-1 Inatori, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Phone no.: +81-557-95-1157
Required time: Half-day
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