Atagawa-onsen Hot Spring
Enveloped in steam, the town has the atmosphere of an authentic Japanese-style hot spring resort
Atagawa Onsen is one of the leading hot spring resorts in terms of the scale and abundant water among a large number of hot spring resorts in Izu. According to legend, when Ota Dokan (1432-1486), a warrior who built Edo Castle during the Warring States period, was hunting, he found a monkey soaking in warm water to cure injury and this is the origin of the hot spring. There are turrets belching steam here and there in the hot-spring town stretching along the coast, which create the atmosphere of an authentic Japanese-style hot spring resort.
Just in front of the hot-spring town, there is a sand beach facing the Izu Shichito Islands, which attracts families and couples to sea bathing in summer. You can also enjoy picking fruits of the season-mandarins in autumn, strawberries and oranges from winter to spring, for example. Nearby Atagawa Tropical & Alligator Garden is a highly popular sightseeing spot, where alligators from various parts of the world are reared using the heat of hot spring and tropical plants such as royal water lilies grow.
Takaiso-no-yu, a hot-spring facility for a day-trip along the beach with an open-air bath enjoys high popularity. Other inns on the coast also have unique baths including open-air bath and inside bath.
Address: Naramoto, Higashi-Izu-cho, Shizuoka
Phone: 0557-23-1505 (Atagawa Onsen Tourist Association)
Directions: Train: Get off at Izu Kyuko Izu-Atagawa Station (2 hours and 20 minutes from Tokyo)
Car: One hour and 40 minutes from Atsugi Interchange on the Tomei Expressway