The Izu Peninsula isn a favorite getaway for Tokyo people eager to escape the concrete jungle. It’s located in Shizuoka Prefecture, a couple hours’ drive south of the city. The atmosphere couldn’t be more different than its urban neighbor. The region is teeming with nature that includes soaring mountains, gushing rivers, pounding waterfalls, windblown coastlines, white sand beaches and relaxing hot springs. The local history of the area add a layer of cultural exploration for visitors in addition to taking in the scenery.