One of Japan’s most scenic coastal train rides, is down the rugged Izu Peninsula just south-west of Tokyo. It’s ideal for a relaxing break for a night or two en-route to Kyoto and Osaka, particularly in the summer months when the emerald waters of the Pacific lap at the long pristine stretch of Shirahama beach. It is also known as hot-spring country, where it is said to be over 2,300 on the peninsula. Two main loves of Japanese culture is relaxing in a hot spring, or admiring cherry blossoms. With its own micro-climate, Izu is also one of the first places in Japan to see the cherry blossoms (early February to early March).