Last Updated: Sep 3, 2023

Hangout on Hatsushima

The “Unofficial” First Izu Island

Donny Kimball
8 min readSep 3, 2023

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The Hatsushima Island Resort is unofficially the first of an archipelago called the Izu Islands

Ever since I first visited the timeworn hot spring town of Atami, I’ve wanted to head on out to Hatsushima. Located just off of the coast, this small island is the first of a long chain that collectively is known as the Izu Islands. Though officially not apart of the archipelago (perhaps due to the rest of the islands falling under the jurisdiction of Tokyo), Hatsushima is still one of many land masses that extend deep out into the Pacific Ocean. Like with all of its cousins, Hatsushima and the rest of the Izu Islands are the result of violent volcanic eruptions eons ago before the dawn of history.

Now, why one would want to visit Hatsushima in the first place is a question worth answering. You see, unlike Atami back on the mainland, there aren’t that many cultural attractions and whatnot on the island. Instead, Hatsushima is a place that one would go to if they are looking to escape the city, relax in nature and enjoy some really, really good seafood. That said though, there are indeed a lot of fun activities to enjoy on Hatsushima like Hatsushima Adventure SARUTOBI (but more on that in a bit).

At the end of the day, I can only really recommend Hatsushima to those who are already planning on going to the hot spring resort town of Atami. That said, if you’re already thinking of an outing to the area and looking to add a little bit extra to your excursion to Atami, I highly suggest considering Hatsushima. Especially for those of you with kids, there’s a lot of fun things to do on the tiny isle which make for the perfect compliment to the rest of Atami.

How to Get There

Due to being an island in the middle of the sea, the Pica Hatsushima Island Resort can only be accessed via a pair of ships known as Ile de Vacance Premier and Ile de Vacance III.

At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious here, I am going to start by saying that you’ll first need to make your way down from Tokyo. This can easily be done in around 30 minutes on the bullet train for no additional cost if you have the correct JR rail pass. All you need to do is board one of the Kodama Shinkansen bound for Shin-Osaka and then get off at Atami Station. From there, you can either figure out where to…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/