The Southernmost Point of Izu Peninsula
Most of the surrounding coastlines are made up of volcanic ash and lava emitted from submarine volcanoes, and the rugged terrain was created due to the erosion of waves over many years.
From a rough cliff about 100 meters high, you can enjoy spectacular views at a glance.
This area has long been considered to be a key point for meteorological observation.
On the plateau at the tip of the cape there is a lighthouse named “Irozaki lighthouse”, and it was chosen as one of the “Top 50 lighthouses of Japan”.
The Irozaki lighthouse was built by British architect Richard Henry Brunton also called the “Father of the Japanese lighthouse”, in 1871.
It supports safety navigation around this area, which is considered to be a difficult area to navigate due to its rocky reefs.
Iro Shrine and Kumano Shrine
The Iro Shrine is also known as Iro Gongen or Irozaki Gongen. The deity of maritime safety “Iware no Mikoto ” and the deity of study and business “Monoimina no Mikoto” are enshrined in the Iro Shrine.
The dent on the cliff is called “Tafoni” and thought to be created in the following process: salt melted in water and then crystallized when the moisture evaporated, causing a break in the rock when the crystal grew.
The shrine is built on the pillar of a ship that lies in a rock cave.
The following legend is about this pillar: in the old days, a merchant ship heading for Edo encountered big waves off the coast, so its crew prayed, saying “Please calm the waves, and we will dedicate a pillar to the Iro Gongen”, and afterwards they were able to arrive in Edo safely. It is regarded as one of “the seven wonders of Izu”.
50 meters away from Iro Shrine, there is also another shrine called “Kumano shrine” that is located at the tip of the cape. The deity of marriage, “Susano-ono Mikoto” is enshrined there.
It takes 30 minutes by walk to get to the lighthouse.
“Irozaki Cape Cruise”
The following two cruise courses are available: Course A is the “Oku Irozaki Cape (Hirizo Beach) Course” and Course B is the “Minokake Rock Course”. Usually Course A cruise is provided, but if the weather is bad Course B will be provided.
The cruise lasts for around 25 minutes, and you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the southernmost point of the Izu Peninsula.
Guidance of the precincts
Cape Irozaki 石廊崎
Cape Aiai あいあい岬
Yumigahama Beach 弓ヶ浜
Nakagi Area 中木エリア
Shimogamo Tropical Botanical Garden 下賀茂熱帯植物園
Minami-Izu Aloe Center 南伊豆アロエセンター
Minami-Izu Geopark Visitor Center 南伊豆町ジオパークビジターセンター
Yusuge (Late yellow daylily) Park ユウスゲ公園
The Paradise of the wild monkey “Hagachizaki-en” 野猿の楽園 波勝崎苑
Yumigahama Onsen Hot Spring “Minato-yu” 弓ヶ浜温泉「みなと湯」
Shimogamo Onsen Hot Spring 下賀茂温泉
Silver Hot Spring 銀の湯会館
Izu Shimoda Country Club 伊豆下田カントリークラブ
Iruma Camping Village 入間キャンプ村
Izu Shimoda Horse Riding Club 伊豆下田乗馬クラブ
Tenjinbara Botanical Garden 天神原植物園
Chojagahara Azalea Park 長者ヶ原山つつじ公園
Ichijo Takenoko Village 一条竹の子村
Aonodaishi Dam 青野大師ダム
Izu Fishery Association’s Direct Sales Shop 伊豆漁協南伊豆支所直売所
Michi-no-Eki “Shimogamo Onsen Yunohana” 道の駅『下賀茂温泉 湯の花』