Investigating popular hot springs around the Tokyo area tends to turn up the usual suspects: Hakone, Nikko, locations holed up in the mountains like some curmudgeony hermit. But what about the traveler that longs for the fresh ocean air? The sound of waves gently lapping at the shore? The sight of a boundless blue vista, glistening waters melding into a cerulean sky as their body melts away into the hot spring and their mind drifts off into the horizon?
For that discerning traveler, there is the Izu Penninsula.
Whether it's from the bullet train traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto, from Hakone's cable cars and cruise ships, or simply from a Tokyo skyscraper on an exceptionally clear day, catching a glimpse of Mt. Fuji never fails to inspire. Even better then is spending an entire weekend with Mt. Fuji as your backdrop, as I did when I stayed at Sunnide Resort in Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture.