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Japan Travel Guide - Tourist Information - Hot Springs - Izu Shimoda Onsen
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att.JAPAN Issue 27, March 2006

Izu Shimoda Onsen

map ShimodaJapan's famous Izu Peninsula separates Suruga and Sagami Bays, is host to a large number of hot springs and is one of the most picturesque parts of the Kanto area. Of the many famous 'onsen,' Toi and Dogashima in Nishi-Izu, Izu Nagaoka, Oohito, Shuzenji and Amagi-Yugashima in Naka-Izu and Ito, Atagawa, Inatori and Kawazu in Higashi-Izu are but a few of the most prominent areas anyone in or near Tokyo, Yokohama and Shizuoka has very easy and convenient access to.

Such hot springs as Rendaiji Onsen, located in Shimoda City and called a "Tanjun-sen"(meaning: 1 liter of water contains less than 1 gram of minerals and gas) and Kawachi Onsen, Shirahama Onsen and Kannon Onsen, called "Kyo-arukari-sen" (meaning: the water has a pH level of 10 and above) in Minami-Izu (Southern Izu) are generally called "Shimoda Onsen." The areas of Aitama and Toji, both nearby also have plentiful supplies of hot spring water.

Shimoda has been an important junction on the domestic maritime transportation route between Edo (now Tokyo) and Kamigata (now Osaka) since the Edo Period (1603-1867). At the end of this period, following the arrival of the Black Ships of Commodore Perry in 1853, Shimoda established itself as Japan's gateway to the world - a move that has resulted in a large number of sightseeing spots and old ruins in Shimoda itself. Coupled with the waters, the delicious local treats, seasonal flowers and a breathtaking ocean view, Shimoda Onsen truly has something for everyone to enjoy.

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