Transportation

How to get to Shimoda from Osaka or Kyoto

To get to Shimoda from Osaka, or Kyoto, you should take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Shin-Osaka or Kyoto Station to Atami (141 min). From Atami take the JR Ito line to Ito (23 min) and from Ito take the Izu Kyuoko Line to Izukyu Shimoda Station (69 min).

I suggest you use Hyperdia to check for train schedules, or even better, call the super friendly folks at the JR East English info line. They will be able to help you choose the best departure time. Sometimes leaving later means arriving earlier! The number is:

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(If you are calling from overseas, drop the first zero and add the country code 81)

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperdia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda throughout Japan.

****One more note, when you are transfering in Ito or Atami, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: September 14, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Tokyo to Shimoda,………. the fastest way.

The fastest way to get just about anywhere in Japan is by bullet train or what the Japanese call Shinkansen. There are no direct Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shimoda but it is possible to take a shinkansen half way, from Tokyo Station to Atami and then transfer to a Super Express called Odoriko. The journey takes a mere 2 hours but will cost you ¥7090 one way.

You can read about the cheapest option here, and the easiest option here, or call the JR East Info line for help: 

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(If you are calling from overseas, drop the first zero and add the country code 81)

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperderia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda throughout Japan.

****One more note, when you are transfering in Ito or Atami, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: April 20, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Tokyo to Shimoda………. the cheapest way.

The cheapest way to get to Shimoda is to take the Odakyu Line train from Shinjuku to Odawara and transferring to the Tokaido line bound for Atami or Ito, then finally switching to Tokyu’s Izu Kyuko line from there. The train from Shinjuku to Odawara takes 93 minutes so be sure to catch an express. The entire journey takes approximatly 3hrs and 40 minutes and costs only ¥3070.  

I suggest you use Hyperdia to check for train schedules. Click on “search details” and make sure you uncheck “Bullet Train”, “Nozomi”, and “Limited Express Trains” to find the cheapest routes.

You can also ask the super friendly folks at the JR East English info line for help:

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(If you are calling from overseas, drop the first zero and add the country code 81)

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperderia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda throughout Japan.

****One more note, when you are transfering in Ito or Atami, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: April 20, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Tokyo to Shimoda, …………..the easiest way.

The easiest way to get to Shimoda is by Odoriko Super Express train. Some of the trains are called Super View Odoriko because they have raised floors and windows that extend to the ceiling so you can enjoy views of the shimmering ocean and the lush landscapes of the Izu peninsula along the way. The journey takes approximatly 2 hours and 40 minutes and costs about ¥5000 depending on your departure station. Below is a list of departures times. There are other departure stations like Shinegawa, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama. For a complete timetable you can check the JR website here. You can also call the super friendly folks at the JR East Eglish info line at:

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Shinjuku Station – Izukyu Shimoda Departures:

8:30  /  9:25

Tokyo  Station –  Izukyu Shimoda Departures:

7:30  /  8:00  /  9:00  /  10:00  /  10:30  /  11:00  /  11:30  /  12:00  /  13:00  /  13:30  /  14:00  /  14:30  /  15:30

***Please note, the name of the station you want to get off at is Izukyu Shimoda Station. If you use Hyperderia or Jorudan to search for train schedules and fares, you must use “Izukyu Shimoda” as your destination point. There are other towns and stations called Shimoda in Japan.

****One more note, if you are using another train route, and are transfering in I, take care NOT to board a train bound for “Shimada” (with 2 A’s), be sure to look for a train bound for Izukyu Shimoda.

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Published on: April 6, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Shimoda Station to Kisami Bus Schedule

     

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Published on: April 3, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

道の駅 (Michi-no-Eki)

道 (Michi) means road, の (no) is a possessive like our ‘s, and 駅 (eki) means station. Together you have “Road Station“, which have all of the conveniences of a train station but is made for drivers and their cars. All michi-no-eki are organized by the government, and provide basic travel needs like free 24 hour parking, restrooms, and tourist information. Michi-no-eki is also the hub of many small towns providing them a place to promote tourism and trade. You can often find locally grown veggies, food stalls and restaurants with local specialties, souvenirs, hand-made goods, and sometimes even onsens! Michi-no-eki are government run and merchants are carefully selected to represent the town so you can be sure to find the best food and the most welcoming folks at the road-side michi-no-eki.

The Shimoda michi-no-eki has a great sushi shop you can read about here, and on the first floor you can get the Shimoda Burger I wrote about here.

The Minami Izu michi-no-eki is my favorite place to buy locally grown veggies. They also have bread and other pastries, plants, a gallery with crafts for sale, and excellent soft icecream served with a load of fresh blueberries. I will add it to our recommendation map here. Take note of the michi-no-eki symbol below so you will know where to take a break the next time you are on the road.

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Published on: March 18, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Rent a Car anywhere in Japan

The best way to explore the Izu Peninsula is with your own set of wheels. We suggest you check out ToCoo! rent-a-car. They have over 800 outlets, offer services from 12 different car rental companies, have a huge choice of vehicles, and an easy-to-use English website where you can check prices and reserve your vehicle. Although you can pick up your car in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, or ever the airport, some people prefer to make their way to Izu by train, and pick up their car in Shimoda instead. They have options for child seats, and all cars come with GPS. There is no extra fee for dropping off your vehicle at a different location as long as is within the same prefecture. Smaller vehicles go for 4200 yen a day and they also offer long-term discounts. Driving in Japan is remarkably easy, roads are well marked in English, and other drivers are courteous. To rent a car in Japan you will need a credit card, a valid driver’s license, plus an international driver’s license which you have to get in your home country. Click on the pic for more details.

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Published on: February 17, 2012  -  Filed under: Transportation

Driving in Japan

Driving in Japan doesn’t have to be daunting. Nexco Highways Japan has an excellents site for people who want to be in the driver’s seat. With information on tolls, rest-stop details, recommended tourist attractions, restaurants, and shopping along the way. A great way to plan your travels, and keep you from getting lost. Check it […]

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Published on: July 13, 2011  -  Filed under: Transportation