Things to do: Seven waterfalls trekking and outdoor onsen. Kawazu, Shizuoka

Kawazu (河津町 Kawazu-chō) is a town located on the east coast of Izu Peninsula in Kamo DistrictShizuokaJapan.

Kawazu occupies a portion of the eastern coastline of Izu Peninsula, facing Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered to the west by theAmagi Mountains. The town has a temperate maritime climate characterized by hot summers and short cool winters, with the weather moderated by the effects of the warm Kuroshio current offshore. Parts of the town are within the limits of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The area is noted for a large number of hot springs.

During the Edo period, the area around Kawazu was tenryō territory controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate or various hatamoto. During the cadastral reform of 1889, the village of Kawazu was created, along with Kamikawazu and Shimokawazu through the merger of 15 small hamlets within Kamo District. The town of Kawazu was created through the merger of the villages of Kamikazu and Shimokawazu in September 1958.

Things to do
See the seven beautiful waterfalls of Kawazu along an easy walking trail! Take this easy walk which offers some very stunning and magnificent mountain and forest scenery, as you admire one unique breathtaking waterfall after another.

An ancient mountain passage that was once the setting for a famous novel. Seven magnificent, aligned waterfalls.

Amagi-toge Pass is an old historical pass crossing a mountain about 830 meters above sea level at its peak. Located in the center of the Izu-hanto Peninsula, it leads through beautiful cedar and cypress trees to the main setting for the novel “Izu no Odoriko” (A Dancer in Izu) written by author Yasunari Kawabata, a Nobel Prize laureate.

Yugashima-onsen Hot Spring, located at the junction of the Kano-gawa and the Nekko-gawa rivers, is known as a calm and composed spa area which was cherished by many writers, including Yasunari Kawabata. The old passage through the mountain pass of Izu, embraced by rich, deep forests, still preserves the atmosphere of an older time. This is the site of the number one waterfall in the Izu district, Joren-no-taki, where you can enjoy the magnificent view of massive volumes of water cascading down from atop the soaring rock mountain.

The Kawazu-gawa River originates around Amagi-toge Pass and flows through the eastern part of the peninsula. There are seven waterfalls, known as the “Kawazu Nanadaru,” located on the upper course of the river, where you can walk beside the stream along a well set out promenade designed to help visitors appreciate the series of waterfalls. From the uppermost going downstream, they are named: Kama-daru; Ebi-daru; Hebi-daru; Shokei-daru; Kani-daru; Deai-daru;and Oh-daru. The largest of all is Oh-daru, which is about 7 meters wide and 30 meters high.
Finish the day soaking at Amagisou Spa in their very nice outdoor onsen, right on the bank of the river and next to a beautiful tall waterfall. You can also have the rare chance to soak in a cave and drum onsen.  Amagisou Spa not only has a lot of cool onsens, it also has a 25m heated onsen pool in case you are up for some swimming.

Daytime bathing ◆ Hours

10:00 to 17:00

※ But the hotel bath is not simply was available until 11:00 for cleaning. (I can change of clothes.)

◆ Rate: 3 hours (extension: 30 minutes 500 yen)

Adult: 1,500 yen

Empty-handed set 2,000 yen

(Towel bathrobe Swimwear Set)

Elementary school students: 1,000 yen

Infant (1 year old -): 500 yen

Night bathing ◆ Hours

17:00 to 20:00

◆ Rates

Adult: 2,500 yen

(Night use and towel, bathrobe Swimwear Set)

Elementary school students: 1,000 yen

Infant (1 year old -): 500 yen

Private room ◆ open-air bath rooms with break: one room (3h) 6,300 yen

1 room limited: reservations required. (10:00 to 17:00 our time)

◆ TOUJI wind rooms charter break: one room (3h) 4,200 yen

◆ (breakfast included) 9,000 yen without meals (15:00 – next day 11:00)

Other 300 yen each bath towel, bathrobe swimsuit: Rental
200 yen towel sale


How to get there
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h to Mishima Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen “Kodama”, 45 min by “Hikari”, and 33 min from Mishima to Shuzen-ji Station by Izu-Hakone Sunzu Line (limited express). 25 min from Shuzen-ji Station to Yugashima, 45 min to Amagi-toge, and 1h 5 min to Kawazu-Nanadaru by Tokai Bus.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 2h 35 min to Kawazu Station by JR Tokaido Line, Ito Line and Izu Kyuko Line (limited express). From Kawazu Station to Kawazu-Nanadaru by bus.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Mishima Station by Shinkansen.

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