A nostalgic driving trip to enjoy the local culture and historical stories. This two-day trip leaves from Shizuoka Station and visits Toi, Nishi-Izu, and Matsuzaki, taking the Suruga Bay Ferry

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Depart from JR Shizuoka Station and head to Shimizu Port, and from there take the Suruga Bay Ferry to the Nishi-Izu area. Enjoy a bowl of seafood on rice for lunch and try your hand at glass art. Later, visit a sunset viewing spot and a shop that makes traditional dried bonito.
The next day, first take a rickshaw ride visiting the Namako walls and other historical spots in Matsuzaki-cho. Then, visit a field of flowers and a geosite, enjoy the renowned lunch served at a fishermen’s restaurant, and go for a cruise along the Dogashima coast. You will then go back, taking the Suruga Bay Ferry again.



JR Shizuoka Station

30 minutes by car


Suruga Bay Ferry: Shimizu Port to Toi Port (70 minutes)

5 minutes by car


Sakura Restaurant

20 minutes by car


Koganezaki Crystal Park

2 minutes by car


Koganezaki Koganest

8 minutes by car


Kanesa Katsuobushi Store

15 minutes by car, stay the night in Matsuzaki-cho



Meet at Izu Matsuzakisou Inn in Matsuzaki-cho. Tour the town by rickshaw (going to the Nakase Residence, Namako Wall Street, and Izu Buntei)


Izu Matsuzaki Gumi Rickshaws


Tour 1: Izu no Chohachi Museum

2 minutes on foot


Tour 2: Jokanji Temple (Chohachi Memorial Hall)


Tour 3: Eirakudo


Tour 4: Asai Meat

Go back to the hotel (5 minutes by car)


Muroiwado (tour of former quarry) Observatory

10 minutes by car


Okiagari Restaurant

3 minutes by car


Dogashima Marine

25 minutes by car


Suruga Bay Ferry: Toi Port to Shimizu Port (70 minutes)

30 minutes by car from Shimizu Port


JR Shizuoka Station

Sample route guide

Atomi University Sawada Minami

The Nishi-Izu area is popular with groups of women, who go there for the refreshing atmosphere. The scenery looked different depending on the weather and time, and we enjoyed the blending of culture and nature.

Atomi University Shibazaki Yuna

We enjoyed delicious food and some hands-on experiences in Nishi-Izu, while interacting with the friendly people there. The scenery at Koganezaki and Dogashima Sea Cave Skylight was wonderful, and we recommend Nishi-Izu to anyone interested in history.



JR Shizuoka Station

30 minutes by car

1Suruga Bay Ferry: Shimizu Port to Toi Port (70 minutes)

The Suruga Bay Ferry is 83 meters in length and 14 meters wide

Special saloon (additional charge, pay on the ferry)

This is a 70-minute sea journey on the marine leg of the so-called “sea road,” Prefectural Road 223. There is a panoramic 360°view from the ferry of Suruga Bay, including Mt. Fuji. Arriving at Toi Port on the Izu Peninsula, there is easy access to the western seaside and Naka-Izu. Shimizu Port is also convenient as it is close to sightseeing spots such as Miho no Matsubara and Nihondaira.

Address:10-80 Hinodecho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka

Trick art on the rear deck

Private saloon (additional charge, reservation required)

Obanyaki confectionery in the shape of the Prefectural Road 223 sign is also popular

5 minutes by car

2Sakura Restaurant

A simple, relaxed setting

Seafood on rice, tempura, and soba noodles

The Sakura Restaurant is close to Toi Port, and offers locally and freshly caught seafood, such as splendid alfonsino and rare deep-sea fish, at a reasonable price. This restaurant is a favorite not only for tourists, but for divers and locals, too.

Address:690-8 Toi, Izu-shi, Shizuoka

20 minutes by car

3Koganezaki Crystal Park

Trying sand blasting

Permanent exhibition of contemporary glass works

Nishi-Izu mines silica stone, the raw material for glass. Koganezaki Crystal Park is a theme park for glass and permanently exhibits world-class contemporary glass works as well as regularly rotating exhibitions with original themes. Visitors can try their hand at glass making in the workshop.

Address:2204-3 Ugusu, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

Silica stones, the raw material for glass

Various kaleidoscopes

Original glasses completed

2 minutes by car

4Koganezaki Koganest

Horse Rock, with its horse head profile

Koganest Café

The Izu Peninsula is a designated geopark, of which Koganezaki is a part. Koganezaki is known for its beautiful sunsets and magnificent view of Suruga Bay and Mt. Fuji. The rock surface is amber-colored from submarine volcano ejecta coming into contact with spring water and geothermal heat. After your walk, relax at Koganest Café, with its great views.

Address:Ugusu, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

8 minutes by car

5Kanesa Katsuobushi Store

"Shiokatsuo" with sacred straw decorations as a prayer for a bountiful catch

Shop with traditional atmosphere

Established in 1882, Kanesa is a specialty store for dried bonito with 130 years of history. Using locally harvested firewood, Kanesa makes dried bonito with an extra fermentation period based on a traditional method. Kanesa also produces "shiokatsuo", salted bonito, which is eaten at New Year to bring good luck. Visitors can also tour the neighboring factory (not daily, reservation required).

Address:600-1 Tago, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

Staff explaining the manufacturing process

"Shiokatsuo" being dried


When the weather is fine, you can enjoy a great view of Suruga Bay and Mt. Fuji at Koganezaki. I took lots of pictures of Horse Rock as it literally looks like a horse’s head. I recommend Kanesa’s "shiokatsuo" as a gift.(Sawada Minami)

Koganezaki Crystal Park is a magical space that makes you feel like you’re inside a kaleidoscope. Kanesa is a place you really should visit, with its fascinating traditional bonito-drying.(Shibazaki Yuna)

15 minutes by car, stay the night in Matsuzaki-cho


Meet at Izu Matsuzakisou Inn in Matsuzaki-cho. Tour the town by rickshaw (going to the Nakase Residence, Namako Wall Street, and Izu Buntei)

7Izu Matsuzaki Gumi Rickshaws

The Nakase Residence with its distinctive clock tower

A rickshaw awaits you!

There are many historical sites in Matsuzaki-cho including the impressive buildings with plaster Namako walls. The town is famous for its fields of flowers and cherry blossom street in spring. It’s also well-known for its rickshaws, taking tourists to scenic and historical spots. One popular route includes a visit to the Nakase Residence, the Meiji-era Mercantile House, and Namako Wall Street.

Address:315-1 Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka (Nakase Residence, a Meiji-era Merchant House)
210-1 Ena, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka (Izu Matsuzakisou Inn)
Inquiries:090-7705-0768(Izu Matsuzaki Gumi Rickshaws)

We visited famous spots with the rickshaw driver as our guide

Izu Buntei, built around 1910

Flowers planted in a rice field (mid-February to May 5)

8Tour 1: Izu no Chohachi Museum

The museum’s impressive facade

Artworks are three-dimensional and of great finesse

50 works created by Irie Chohachi, who was from Matsuzaki-cho and a skilled plasterer in the 1800s, are exhibited at the Izu no Chohachi Museum. Chohachi painted pictures using plaster and a trowel, and adopted painting and sculpture methods to further develop the art form.

Address:23 Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

2 minutes on foot

9Tour 2: Jokanji Temple (Chohachi Memorial Hall)

Unryu, a painting with a trowel on the ceiling

Wall scroll of the 13th resident priest, Honda Seikan

Jokanji Temple Main Shrine is a memorial hall for Irie Chohachi, a skilled plasterer born in Matsuzaki. Chohachi learned from the 13th resident priest, Honda Seikan, and worked on the revival of the Jokanji Temple with other pupils. Chohachi made ceiling paintings and plaster sculptures at the main shrine.

Address:234-1 Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

10Tour 3: Eirakudo

Eirakudo, with its quaint charm

We enjoyed "sakuraba mochi" inside

Matsuzaki’s famous "sakuraba mochi", glutinous rice cakes covered with cherry blossom leaves, use salted cherry blossom leaves, of which Matsuzaki produces 70% nationwide. The famous Chohachi Sakura Mochi, made by Eirakudo (established 1873), sandwiches the "sakuraba mochi" between two leaves.

Address:300-2 Miyauchi, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

11Tour 4: Asai Meat

Kawanori croquettes have a wonderful ocean flavor!

Display case with food

Asai Meat was established in Matsuzaki in 1933. Their popular hand-made, pre-prepared dishes are made from choice local ingredients. The “Kawanori croquette” is especially popular, with Matsuzaki-cho’s river seaweed—a winter specialty—kneaded into it.
*N.B.: Fried dishes are prepared from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address:451-1 Matsuzaki, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

Go back to the hotel (5 minutes by car)

12Muroiwado (tour of former quarry) Observatory

Enjoying sightseeing with a guide

Stone statue of a quarry worker

A Matsuzaki-cho geosite, Muroiwado was a quarry for Izu Stone from the Edo Period (1603 – 1868) until 1954. A walkway was created after the mine closed.

Address:Michibu, Matsuzaki-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka
Inquiries:0558-42-3964(Matsuzaki-cho Planning and Tourism Department)
Inquiries:0558-42-0745(Matsuzaki Tourism Association) * Guides require pre-booking (pay-for service)

10 minutes by car

13Okiagari Restaurant

Self-service restaurant

Bowls of fresh squid on rice

Managed directly by the fisheries association, Okiagari Restaurant includes an outlet market for fresh-caught seafood. The restaurant serves many kinds of specialty bowls of squid-on-rice, such as the "ikasu" bowl topped with Pacific flying squid.

Address:980-6 Nishina, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

3 minutes by car

14Dogashima Marine

Pathway in Dogashima Park

Entering the cave by boat

Dogashima is part of Izu Geopark in Nishi-Izu and has plenty to see. Especially popular is the 20-minute cruise around the peninsula with its many-shaped ria coast, and a visit to the blue-watered Dogashima Sea Cave Skylight (a designated National Natural Monument).

Address:92060 Nishina, Nishiizu-cho, Kamo-gun, Shizuoka

The climax of the Nishi-Izu trip

Nishi-Izu’s spectacular scenery

You can walk down the rock face

25 minutes by car

15Suruga Bay Ferry: Toi Port to Shimizu Port (70 minutes)


We learned a lot from the rickshaw guide at the sightseeing and historical spots. "Sakuraba mochi" was delicious, with the sweetness of a glutinous rice cake and the saltiness of cherry blossom leaves. The Kawanori croquette fills your palate with a delicious seaweed flavor.(Sawada Minami)

We set out from the hotel by rickshaw! The guide told us the traditions and history of Nishi-Izu. I recommend the Dogashima Marine cruise. Sunlight shone through the natural cave skylight, and the sea was the most beautiful color I have ever seen.(Shibazaki Yuna)

30 minutes by car from Shimizu Port

JR Shizuoka Station


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