How to access to Atami, Ito, Shimoda and other places in Izu peninsula by railways.

Atami hot springs resort night view. It is one of major spor in Izu peninsula hot springs resort. (C) JNTO

Izu is one of the most popular hot springs resort in Kanto area. It is very accessible from Tokyo. You can enjoy even day trip if you like. There are several popular spots in Izu peninsula. I would like to share the information about access to Izu with you in this post.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Gateway stations

This map shows you all trains to Izu peninsula. Click to enlarge. (C) JP Rail.com

Atami is a gateway station and one of major places in Izu hot springs resort. Most of other places are located between Atami and Izukyu-Shimoda. Shuzenji is located at other side of Izu peninsula. It is the oldest hot springs in Izu and much quieter than Atami, Ito and other places at east side.

There are two private railway companies in Izu. Izu Kyuko Railway runs between Ito and Izukyu-Shimoda. Izu-Hakone Railway runs between Mishima and Shuzenji. There are direct express trains from Tokyo to these two companies’s lines. But if you use Japan Rail Pass, your pass do not cover these two railways completely. If you use JR East Pass or Kanto Area Pass, your pass cover only Izu Kyuko Railway. Izu-Hakone Railway is not covered by any rail passes. Atami is located at the border of JR East Pass and Kanto Area Pass. These passes do not cover train to the west of Atami. You can find extra charge for these two companies at the post, Access to Izu and Atami from Tokyo/Yokohama. Limited Express Odoriko / Super View Odoriko.

Access to Atami, Ito, Shimoda and other places between Atami and Shimoda

You have three choice, Limited Express Odoriko, Super View Odoriko and Shinkansen.

From Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yokohama

Super View Odoriko by 251 series has observation seats at the both end. (C) Sonic Rail Garden
Super View Odoriko by 251 series has observation seats at the both end. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

The best choice is Super View Odoriko. This train goes to Izukyu-Shimoda directly from both Tokyo and Shinjuku via Yokohama. Some of Odoriko goes to Izukyu-Shimoda directly as well. But the accommodation of Super View Odoriko is way better and newer than Odoriko. It has a bigger panoramic windows. And the higher floor gives you better view.

If you cannot get on Super View Odoriko, Odoriko is your second choice. It is okay and the interior is very common. Please see the post, Access to Izu and Atami from Tokyo/Yokohama. Limited Express Odoriko / Super View Odoriko to get more details about these trains.

If you cannot get on either Super View Odoriko or Odoriko, you can take Shinkansen. But Shinkansen can take you to Atami only. If you want to go to other places, you need to transfer to local train at Atami. In daytime, most of local trains go through Izu Kyuko Railways. You don’t need to transfer at Ito where is the border station of Japan Railway and Izu Kyuko Railway. When you take Shinkansen, please make sure that the train stops at Atami. Any Nozomi that is the fastest train on Tokaido Shinkansen do not stop at Atami. Very few of Hikari stop at Atami. The slowest train, Kodama stop at all Shikansen stations. But actually even Kodama is faster than Odoriko. Travel time of Kodama is 50 mins to 1 hour. It takes more than 1 hour by Odoriko. So Kodama is not a bad choice.

As I mentioned above, you need to pay extra by Japan Rail Pass. JR East Pass and Kanto Area Pass cover Izu Kyuko Railway. But these two passes do not cover Tokaido Shikansen. You cannot take any of Nozomi, Hikari and Kodama. Please be careful.

From Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya or any cities in west part of Japan

There is no direct trains. The easiest way to get there is getting on Shinkansen. But as I mentioned above, Hikari that stop at Atami is very limited. Fortunately if you can catch Hikari that stop at Atami, that is perfect. If you cannot, try to find Hikari stop at Shizuoka or Mishima. Especially Hikari that stop at Shizuoka runs every one hour. Mostly you can transfer to Kodama in 10 to 15 minutes. I think this is the second best way to get Atami. If you still cannot find your way and you use Japan Rail Pass, go to Shin-Yokohama and catch Kodama to opposite way. This is a big detour but sometimes it is faster than transfer at Shizuoka.

Access to Shuzenji

There are two choices, Limited Express Odoriko or Shinkansen + local train. Izu-Hakone Railway runs from Mishima to Shuzenji. Any rail pass by JR groups do not cover this railway. You need to pay extra 500 yen.

From Tokyo and Yokohama

Odoriko is serviced by 185 series.
Odoriko that go to Shuzenji is usually coupled with Odoriko going to Izukyu Shimoda.

The best choice is Odoriko. There are several trips to Shuzenji from Tokyo directly. There is no Super View Odoriko going to Shuzenji. No trains depart from Shinjuku either. Please see the post, Access to Izu and Atami from Tokyo/Yokohama. Limited Express Odoriko / Super View Odoriko to get more details.

If you cannot catch Odoriko, take Shinkansen to Mishima and transfer to Izu-Hakone Railway. But it is same story as Atami. There is no Nozomi stopping at Mishima. Hikari is available but number of trains are very limited. Mostly Kodama is the best train.

From Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya or any cities in west part of Japan

It is same scenario as going to Atami. You can take Shinkansen to Mishima and transfer to local train of Izu-Hakone Railway. But Hikari stopping at Mishima is very limited. Try to find Hikari stops at Shizuoka or Atami and transfer to Kodama.

6 thoughts on “How to access to Atami, Ito, Shimoda and other places in Izu peninsula by railways.”

  1. Dear Takeshi

    Hi there. It’s Nuj.

    I plan to take Ltd.Exp. Super View Odoriko from Izu-Kogen directly to Shinjuku. If I reserve a seat online via eki.net, I can pick up a ticket at JR East office Shinagawa station, can’t I? FYI, I will not buy any rail pass for this trip as most of my time will be spent in Shizuoka area.

    Regards,
    Nuj

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    Thank you for your help, I have some questions regarding travel to Izu from Tokyo. As you suggested, I am planning to by Kanto Area Pass. I will go to Fuji, Nikko, and Izu using that pass.

    To get to Izu peninsula from Tokyo, does Kanto Area Pass cover the entire portion?
    Does superview Odoriko travel all the way from Shinjuku to Ito, and is this covered by Kanto Area Pass?

    If not, what is your best economical suggestion?

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