About a two-hour train ride from central Tokyo is Ito, an absolutely gorgeous and foreigner-friendly hot spring town with a ton of quirky attractions. Located on the eastern half of Shizuoka Prefecture’s Izu Peninsula, Ito’s oceanside location gives it a variety of natural landscapes, including mountains and panoramic ocean views. This city has more than just your average hot springs — just ask the cute capybaras there relaxing hard in the baths!
Along with seeing the famous hot spring capybaras, here are some of the best ways to enjoy a trip to Ito.
Treat yourself at Akazawa Onsen
This tattoo-friendly hot spring resort is owned by Japanese cosmetic powerhouse DHC. For a luxurious spa experience, pamper yourself with DHC face, body, and hair products and then soak in open-air baths overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The resort has a variety of jacuzzi, saunas, whirlpool baths, and even a bowling alley to hang out in.
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