It’s a time-consuming area to reach but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a paradise, and a feeling quite unlike any on Honshu Island. In fact you’ll feel like you’ve left Honshu completely and been transported to the Izu 7 Islands across the sea.
Hirizo BeachOur pick of the swim spots here is Hirizo Beach (ヒリゾ浜). Here you can enjoy the waters, swim out to little rocky islands, or in the summertime even take a boat trip to some spots with deeper waters and sea life galore.
The beaches are rocky and less crowded than some Izu neighbours but perfect for swimming and nature.
Being so close to the more traditional sandy beaches of Shimoda means Minami Izu doesn’t lose out on its own share of them.
Yumigahama beachYumigahama (弓ヶ浜海岸) is a great sandy beach in the eastern part of Minami Izu, surrounded by gorgeous trees and with golden sand, on the right day this can be paradise.
It may appear to be a calm bay but outside of the summer months the tides can be dangerous if you’re not a strong swimmer - though it is popular with surfers all year round.
Irozaki CapeAnother essential stop off on the way is the most southern point of Izu is Irozaki Cape (石廊崎). It’s blustery and beautiful with a convenient viewing point equipped (of course, it’s Japan) with refreshments, food, and of course omiyage (souvenirs).
The cliffs are a little on the high side to access the water but it’s a smashing place to plan your next swim, with views over much of the area.