Shimoda view from Mount Nesugata

Shimoda (下田) is a city on the Izu Peninsula in Japan. Historically it is famous as the place where Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy arrived with his "black ships" in 1853. This led to the signing of the Convention of Kanagawa, effectively ending Japan's 200-year era of isolation from the outside world.

Get in

By train

Shimoda is as far south as you can go by train on the Izu Peninsula. The train station is the terminal of the Izukyu Railway, and is officially known as Izukyu-Shimoda (伊豆急下田) station.

Odoriko (踊り子) trains make multiple daily runs from Tokyo station via the JR Tokaido Main Line. A one-way trip will generally take 2 3/4 hours at a cost of ¥5890. Holders of the national Japan Rail Pass will have to pay ¥2070 each way to travel over the Izukyu Railway, but if you have a JR East Rail Pass, the entire journey is fully covered. Note that some Odoriko trains also leave from Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, and that the name of these trains may have different variants; the Super View Odoriko (スーパービュー踊り子), for example, has wider windows and makes fewer stops.

Local trains take slightly longer, with at least one change of trains required at Atami or Ito, but the cost is much cheaper (¥3780).

Get around

Across the street from the station is Shimoda Tourist Association, where you can get help with orientation. Phone 0558 22-1531. Central Shimoda is small enough to be explored on foot. To reach the beaches and some of the sights it's more comfortable to take a bus. Platforms are outside the railway station.




Seafood is the specialty of Shimoda, and most restaurants serve locally caught fish. Recommendations include:


Nightlife isn't the main reason why anyone would visit Shimoda, but the town isn't completely dry.





Go next

The hot springs in this area make Shimoda an onsen town. Many of the hotels in the area have in-house bathing facilities, and there is even a small pool outside the railway station where you can dip your feet. Outside Shimoda there are some well-known onsen:

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