First Things First

Crave - - TRAVEL -

Get­ting around

There’s plenty of pub­lic trans­port in Izu, but a car is rec­om­mended if you’re head­ing into the moun­tains to ac­cess the most beau­ti­ful spots.

On­sen

Tat­toos are gen­er­ally not ac­cepted in most on­sen ryokan (hot spring inns) – peo­ple usu­ally en­ter the baths com­pletely naked, so at­tempt­ing to cover a tat­too with a towel or swim­suit is un­likely to be ef­fec­tive. If you do have a tat­too, book a ho­tel or ryokan with a pri­vate on­sen.

Di­etary re­stric­tions

Ja­panese food is gen­er­ally healthy but rarely veg­e­tar­ian. Ja­panese stock, or dashi, is of­ten made of kombu and bonito flakes (dried skip­jack tuna) and is used in al­most ev­ery dish, in­clud­ing plain veg­etable stew. Check with the waiter be­fore or­der­ing.

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