Mount Amagi is a group of some volcanoes, and is positioned a little to
the east from the center of Izu Peninsula.
The highest peak is 1,406 meters, and it is also the highest mountain in Izu Peninsula.
The warm and humid wind from Pacific Ocean often blows through Mount
Amagi, then there is much rain around here.
Therefore, the area around Mount Amagi is covered with rich forests.
The climate, rich forests and clean water from the mountain is good for wasabi cultivation, so many wasabi farms are dotted in this area.
Kano River flows from the western mountainside of Mount Amagi to the
Route 414 runs along the river, and some popular spots are on the route.
The route leads to Shuzenji to the north and Amagi pass to the south.
Amagi pass is on the dividing ridge at the southwest part of Mount
Amagi, and Route 414 leads to Shimoda city from the pass.
The height is 830 meters.
Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972, a Nobel Prize-winning author) wrote a
famous novel "Izu no Odoriko" (The Dancing Girl of Izu) set in this
And Enka (Japanese popular song) "Amagi-goe" is a big hit song in 1986, and it is one of the most favorite songs which Japanese people sing in karaoke. ("Amagi-goe" means Amagi pass, but it is a song of extramarital affair!)
There is no observatory for tourist on the pass, but many Japanese people are familiar with Amagi pass by the novel or the song. /p>
It is a hot spring resort located to the northwest of Mount Amagi, and
is located about 10 km south of Shuzenji hot spring.
There are several ryokans along Kano river and its tributary.
It has been a hot spring to cure, so many long-stay travelers has
visited here since a long time ago.
Yasunari Kawabata was also one of such travelers, and he had written the novel "Izu no Odoriko" for 1922-1926 in the old ryokan "Yumotokan". The room where he had stayed remains preserved.
It is a waterfall on Kano River, and is located about 2 km south of
Yugashima hot spring resort.
It is about 25 meters high and 7 meters wide, and rich water falls swiftly.
It is the most largest waterfall in Izu Peninsula, and here is the most popular spot in Amagi area.
It is an old tunnel on Route 414 under Amagi pass, and is located about
5 km south of Joren Falls.
It was built in 1904, and the length is 445.5 meters. It has been constructed at the level of 711 meters.
Another new tunnel parallel to the old one was opened in 1970, so common vehicles run through it now.
Old tunnel was constructed with only stone blocks, so it is designated as a nationally important cultural property.
The road in the tunnel very narrow and dark.
So you shouldn't pass through it by car. Most tourists enjoy walking through the tunnel.
I'll warn you. This tunnel is one of well-known haunted spots !!
It is the group of seven waterfalls on Kawazu River, and is located
about 4 km south of Amagi pass. Kawazu River flows from near Amagi pass
and toward southeast.
Within about 1.5 kilometers, there are seven waterfalls.
There is a parking lot near the lowest waterfall "Oodaru", and a walking trail for visiting all waterfalls is set up along the river.
It is a loop bridge on Route 414 to overcome the difference in height,
and is set up around the entrance to Kawazu Nanadaru.
It was completed in 1981 and the form is a spiral with two turns.
The diameter is 80 meters, and the total length is 1,064 meters.
From Shuzenji station, by route bus to Kawazu-eki, about 25 minutes to
Yugashima, about 33 minutes to Joren Falls, about 42 minutes to
Suishouchi-shita (Entrance to Former Amagi Tunnel), about 63 minutes to
From Kawazu station on Izukyu Line, about 25 minutes to Kawaza Nanadaru.
(From Atami to Kawazu, by Izukyu, about 1 hour and 15-25 minutes.)
From Shuzenji, about 12 km to Yugashima, about 14 km to Joren Falls, about 21 km to Former Amagi Tunnel, about 28 km to Kawazu Nanadaru.
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