14 Jul 2017 in On The Move
Discover the rugged beauty of Japan’s southern coastline on a spectacular clifftop walk along a section of the Izu peninsula. Ocean views guaranteed!
Just over an hour south-west of Tokyo, the Izu peninsula juts out from the Honshu mainland forming a paradise for beach-lovers, surfers, divers and hikers – with sweeping views of islands and fishing boats on the vast Pacific Ocean. It’s a great place to get away from it all after the buzz of Tokyo.
A well-marked trail hugs the coast, taking you past spectacular and hugely varied landscapes. There’s something for everyone, from families with children to hardened hikers.
Looking for an easy stroll? Head to the section around the Kadowakizaki Suspension Bridge, which hangs 23 metres above a gorge in the cliffs. The surrounding area is a great place to clamber over dark volcanic rocks and admire sweeping ocean vistas.
You can even climb a nearby lighthouse for glimpses of the rounded summit of Omuroyama volcano and views of Oshima Island in the distance.
South of here, the trail becomes wilder and more challenging. If you’re looking for a hike, head on! You’ll be rewarded by quieter paths and breath-taking scenery, including the jagged lava crusts of Igaigane and long columns resembling organ pipes carved into the cliff face.
At one point, you can wander over columns cut into neat hexagonal shapes down by the ocean.
The trail ends after around 6 miles in Yawatano, a sleepy fishing port where you can look back and admire the coastline you’ve just conquered!