My boyfriend and I are going to Japan for a week next week for a cherry blossom/onsen holiday.
We%26#39;d like to see some of the countryside, so our plan is to spend 3.5 days traveling around the Izu Peninsula. Here%26#39;s our tentative itinerary:
26 March, Thurs
- First thing in the morning, take the Shinkansen or the JR Odoriko express from Tokyo to Shimoda. Get to Shimoda by lunch time.
Spend a couple of hours in Shimoda
Then take a bus along the Margaret line to Matsuzaki. Spend the afternoon there. Then head to Osawa Onsen Hotel for the night.
27 March, Fri
- spend the morning in the Osawa Onsen/Matsuzaki area
- Go up to Dogashima for the cliff side rotemburo (outdoor onsen)and perhaps take boat ride to the shoreline cave.
- Spend the night there.
28 March, Sat
- Take bus to Shuzenji in the morning. It takes 1.5 hr, so we should be there by lunch time. Spend rest of the day and night in Shuzenji.
29 March, Sun
- Travel around Shuzenji if there are more things to see, or travel up to Mishima, and eventually take Shikansen back to Tokyo late afternoon.
I would really appreciate some tips and advice on the following:
- Is this itinerary is feasible given that we have to rely on buses and trains to get from place to place? We had wanted to rent a car,but found that that we can%26#39;t as neither or us has international driver%26#39;s license.
- Our focus is the West Coast of Izu as we read that it%26#39;s the most scenic and least touristy. Is there any towns other than what I listed that are worth visiting?
- Any comments on the towns listed in my itinerary?
- Should we buy the Izu Free Q Kippu Pass? (http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2358_006.html) Is that the most cost effective way to travel around Izu? Is it cheaper to buy it before we go to Japan?
Thanks very much in advance for your help!!