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Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

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Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

Hello everyone,

we plan to drive from Haneda airport to either Chiba or Izu for 3 days 2 nights. We still haven't decided which is better. Heard from someone that Izu is too far away from tokyo (because we will drop off our car in Tokyo), but some said Izu got more onsen than Chiba! Could anyone of you give us some suggestions where to choose ? thanks a lot!

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Kobe, Japan
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1. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

A couple of questions, if you don't mind. Why are you choosing to drive instead of take a train? How many onsens do you want to visit in in 3 days 2 nights?

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2. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

Thanks for your prompt reply! We plan to drive and we want to stay in 1 onsen ryokan for 3D2N! We chose to drive because we always like driving but not in Tokyo! Is driving not good way to go there?

Tokyo, Japan
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3. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

I assume you mean the Boso Peninsula or the Izu Peninsula.

Both are fine destinations, but you don't necessarily have to drive, as most places can be reached by train plus bus. You might still have to drive through Tokyo in order to get out of it if you rent a car in Tokyo (therefore, why bother).

You may of course pick the Boso Peninsula and drive directly south from Narita Airport, or east from Haneda via the Aqualine, without having to bother riding through Tokyo, which is a fine idea.

For Izu, you might rent-a-car around Odawara, Atami, Ito, or Mishima once you get there by train. I don't think it will be fun going all the way from Tokyo.

Which is better is a subjective matter. As an onsen place, the Izu Peninsula has more onsen towns definitely than the Boso Peninsula (although wherever you dig deep in Japan, you would normally get an onsen). But Boso Peninsula is more quiet, less developed, and very broadly speaking, less expensive.

I've enjoyed both in recent years without a car and going by train (then renting bicycle at the tourist information center/rent-a-cycle place near the station).

When are you going? If in late February, I'd suggest Izu Peninsula for plums and Kawazu-zakuras. I had more satisfaction with sea food in the Boso Peninsula though.

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4. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

One thing to note is that Izu Peninsula is hilly and the roads are curvy so it takes a considerable time to get across, north-south and east-west. There can often be congestion so there aren't many bus services particularly for the north-south access, as there is already Fujikyu Railway linking Atami, Ito, Kawana, Atagawa, Kawazu, and Shimoda onsen towns.

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5. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

We love driving along the Pacific Coast line in Chiba. There's probably no onsen area there, though.

Along the west coast of Izu Peninsula, people usually drive, and we do, too. You'll enjoy the beautiful view of Suruga Bay and Mt Fuji. Ride a ferry from Toi port to Shimizu. The Mt Fuji view on board is there. You may enter Tomei Shimizu IC not too far from the ferry port in Shimizu.

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6. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

There are actually less known onsens in Katsuura, Kamogawa, Chikura, Tateyama, Kanaya along the coasts of Boso Peninsula. They are of course not very developed as onsen towns as in Izu Peninsula.

The western coast of Izu Peninsula south of Shuzenji and around Matsuzaki as mentioned above is quite nice.

Edited: 06 December 2015, 18:56
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7. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

Awa Katsuura (not the one in Kii Katsuura): jalan.net/onsen/heya_roten/LRG_122300.html

Awa Kamogawa: http://www.jalan.net/onsen/OSN_50127.html?vos=evjlnpg0013x000002140|75191953267&dvc=c&ef_id=U4OY0wAAACPTBBak:20151206132743:s

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8. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

Yeah, we might have been to Katsuura once, but not sure it was real onsen. Compared to Izu area, Boso Penisula area is not that touristy when you drive.

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9. Re: Chiba onsen or Izu onsen

Izu Peninsula is definitely nicer if you pick the onsen.

Real onsens have certificates hung on the wall somewhere, explaining about the minerals and certified by an inspectorate.

Edited: 06 December 2015, 19:03
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