Written by Nupur Jena
Jogasaki Coast In Izu - Amazing Views Along The Pacific Coast
If you wish to explore scenic, quiet places where you can feel the majesty of nature, Jogasaki Coast in the Izu Peninsula is one of the best destinations. The enchanting views in this area will surely become treasured memories of your trip to Izu.
The Jogasaki Coast is a beautiful section of coastline along the Izu Peninsula's eastern area. It is located in the Izu Kogen (Izu Plateau) area, about ten kilometers south of Ito city. Walking along the Jogasaki Coast, you will be able to see spectacular views of cliffs, small islands, and waterfalls.
The road along the coast passes through a thick forest of Japanese pines clinging to the cliff tops. The serenity and calmness that accompany the majestic Pacific Ocean view make this area a most relaxing destination.
Fascinating Cliff Formations of Volcanic Origin
The saw-toothed coastline extending about 10 km from Futo to Yawatano, the south of Ito city, is believed to have formed about 4000 years ago through the eruption of Mount Omuro. The volcanic lava flowed down into the Sagami Bay and further into the ocean where it got eroded by the waves, resulting in this cliff formation that is 10 meters high. There are about 80 capes and 20 reefs in this coastal region. These rock formations are one of the major attractions in this area.
Points of Interest for Hiking Lovers
There is an attractive hiking trail going along the Jogasaki Coast for almost 10 km, offering beautiful views of the cliffs and lava formations. It is also possible to walk shorter sections of the trail. The full trek gets a little tough on the way since it follows the natural line of the cliffs. The path meanders along all the inlets and small bays, and rises or falls steeply in some of the places.
Although it is not an easy trek, taking a walk along this coastline is extremely rewarding as the view is always changing, and there are over 30 famous viewpoints marked by signposts. They include waterfalls, tiny valleys full of hydrangea flowers or sakura trees, Buddhist statues and temples, as well as the staggering natural beauty of the coast itself. The Pacific shines in amazing shades of glorious blue and the view is simply stunning!
Popular sites along this section of the walk include the Kadowaki Suspension Bridge that goes over a gorge in the cliffs. The white lighthouse in Kadowaki is free to climb for a view from above over the coast and the Izu Shikinohana Park. The trail boasts numerous scenic spots on the way and one is advised to follow the signs that are displayed on the way.
The Kadowaki Lighthouse and Suspension Bridge
The most popular section of the hiking trail is the 23-meter long and 48-meter high Kadowaki Suspension Bridge. Not far from the bridge stands the famous Kadowaki Lighthouse which can be accessed free of charge. From its observation deck, the visitors can view the beautiful coastline and even the Oshima Island when visibility allows. From the lighthouse, it's only a short walk to the Izu Shikinohana Park where there are several cafes and a beautiful garden where you can recharge.
The Suspension Bridge and Lighthouse attract the most tourists and are easily accessible from the parking area. It is recommended to take as many pictures as one can at this scenic spot. Many other islands can be seen from the top of the lighthouse on a day with clear weather.
It is also possible to view the Jogasaki Coast from sightseeing boats. A cruise lasts about 30 minutes and the boats depart every 40 minutes.
Parking lots are located near the suspension bridge and at a couple of other points along the trail. The hiking trail that begins from Futo Station or from the Jogasaki Kaigan Station leading to the Izu Shikinohana Park is called the Jogasaki Beach Picnical Course and is popular because it is easily accessible from the nearby car parking lots.
How to Get to The jogasaki Coast
Various covenient passes for railways and bus are available for tour of the Izu Peninsula. The Tokai Bus pass includes a day tour of the Izu Kogen area and Jogasaki Coast at an affordable price. The JR Ito Line connects the cities of Atami and Ito with Shinjuku. The Jogasaki Coast can be reached by a 10-minute bus ride from Izu Kogen. Alternatively, it can be reached in a 20-30 minute walk from Jogasaki Kaigan Station. The Izu Kogen and Jogasaki Kaigan stations are located along the Izu Kyuko Line, 20 minutes south of Ito and 50 minutes south of Atami.
The Jogasaki Coast is a great destination to visit for its beautiful and scenic views. During weekends it gets a little crowded so, if you seek a place of solitude and calmness, visiting on a weekday is recommended. The traditional Japanese restaurants in the area offer green tea and delicious soba noodles as a refreshment, but taking a bento (lunch box) and enjoying it along the coastal line while taking in the impressive views of the sea and the rocks will be a most pleasant experience. Enjoy your trip to Jogasaki!