Western Izu is known for the rough coastline created by the slow erosion of ancient volcanoes. It creates a dynamic, beautiful coastline not far from Tokyo. It’s a great place to drive down and visit. The area seems like it’s past it’s heyday, and you can imagine how it must have been in the economic heyday of Japan’s bubble economy. But, in my humble opinion, all the better. I’m a man who appreciates down to earth people, and quiet hotels with a history. The whole area feels like a real look at more rural corners of Japan, and yet, at the same time, the beautiful coastline is still beautiful. Ancient rocks don’t really notice when an economic bubble pops. They keep on rocking, as it were.