Izu City 伊豆 市
Izu (伊豆 市) is a city located in the center of the Izu Peninsula, the Izu Peninsula has always been a favorite getaway for Tokyo ites eager to escape the concrete jungle. Located in Shizuoka Prefecture, a few hours’ drive south of the metropolis. The region is full of nature with towering mountains, rivers, waterfalls, white sand beaches and glorious hot springs with jaw-dropping scenery.
Izu City was granted city status in April 2004 through the merger of Shuzenji, Toi, Nakaizu, and Amagiyugashima. It has a climate characterized by hot, humid summers and relatively mild winters. September is the rainiest month. Temperatures are highest in August, reaching around 27°C, and the lowest in January with 6°C.
With a population of 30.036 inhab., including about 283 foreign citizens, being 12 Brazilians, 7 Peruvians, 8 Americans, 56 Chinese, 33 Philippines 13, Indonesia, 32 Koreans, 15 Vietnam, 1 Mexican and others…
The Izu region is rugged and about 80% of the city’s area is covered by forest. The area is part of the Izu-Tobu volcanic region, so it is subject to frequent earthquakes. As a result, the city also has numerous hot springs, which makes it famous for its onsen. It is also home to a number of stunning beaches such as Atami, Ito and Shimoda, as good as Okinawa and has plenty of water sports. They are suitable for snorkeling and scuba diving as the waters are clear and rich in marine life.
The mountains and ranges of Izu are a big draw for hikers and other nature lovers, and main meals include wild boar and mountain vegetables.