As you make your way south, you’ll find a number of cute beach towns worth exploring, including Atami, Ito and Higashi Izu. However, the highlight is arguably Shimoda, a historical hub at the southernmost point of the peninsula. This is where American commodore Matthew C. Perry first reached Japan in 1853 and began diplomatic relations between the two countries, making it a fascinating historical site.
Two of the best beaches on which to spend a lazy summer day are Shirihama and Nabetahama. For white sands and clear water, head straight to Shirihama. Once you’ve spent the morning on the sand, pack your gear and tear around the corner to explore the fascinating Nabetahama, a shady hidden secret cove loved by the locals.