Hiking the seven waterfalls of Kawazu (河津七滝), otherwise known as Nanadaru, was our main activity for Day 2 of our Izu trip.
We started at 9am to Ryugu Park, which was not really a park but more a scenic spot for nature lovers, or for those who would like to do a little sand boarding or fishing. As it is next to the ocean, it’s definitely worth a visit if you like to see big waves pounding the shores.
Most visitors come to Ryugu Park to see the Ryugu Sea Cave.
The cave was created due to the waves pounding the landscape for centuries. It’s a fascinating sight, but it was equally interesting to see the reaction of over-adventurous tourists standing too near to the edge fleeing in terror when the waves threatened to reach them.
It’s easy to find this cave since it appears on Google maps. If you are driving, you can save 500 yen by driving all the way in where there’s plenty of free parking available. From there, it’s just a short walk to Ryugu cave. Ignore the parking attendants who direct you to the paid parking!
We had a quick pit stop at Que Sera Sera, a quaint, little cafe that turned out to be arguably one of the best cafes we went in Japan so far.
The pastries were fresh, high quality, and surprisingly affordable.
The Apple pie sells out really fast and if you love this pastry you ought to give it a try.
There’s also cookies and other sweets to take out if you wish.
The highlight of the day though was the Seven Waterfalls of Kawazu, where you can see several waterfalls at one go. It’s a must go for waterfall fanatics, and one of the best places to see waterfalls in Japan, especially around Tokyo.
Some of the falls are quite small and probably can be skipped, but none of them would be considered a waste of time. I think I missed out taking a picture of one of them.
It took us about 3 hours to cover the entire area, and it’ll be more if you choose to go to the hot spring at the same time. Do remember to bring extra clothes and towel if you do so!
Our final stop turned out to be a pleasant surprise, though it was yes, another waterfall!
Joren Falls is a popular spot partly because of the paid fishing next to it. For around 2,000 yen, you can rent a rod, catch your own fish, and grill it at the restaurant where you rented the rods. Certainly interesting for those who would like a guaranteed catch, with the abundance of fish in the river. Even if you are not interested in fishing, the waterfall itself is worth taking a look.
Once we dropped the car off back at Atami, we had a simple dinner at the shopping centre nearby before heading to Odawara and back to Tokyo.
Izu is definitely a place worth visiting if you are a nature lover and would like some respite from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo city life. You only need 2 days, so there’s no reason to miss it. I’ll certainly be visiting it again.