Izu is a charming city with abundant natural beauty, encircled by the Amagi Mountains.
Flowers bloom in all four seasons, and many visitors come to see the beautiful autumn leaves, especially around Shuzenji.
Fireflies dance in the early summer, and you can enjoy swimming on the beach of Toi in the summer.
Spring and autumn are a great time to go hiking in the Amagi Mountains, Namesawa Gorge, Yumichi (Hot Spring Road), and Mount Daruma.
As a festival to give thanks to hot springs and the monk Kobo-Daishi who is said to have discovered Tokko-No-Yu hot spring, the Yukumi-Shiki festival is held at Shuzenji hot spring on April 21st.
Monks draw hot spring water from Tokko-No-Yu and pour it into pails carried by young women dressed in kimono, who then join a parade through the streets of the hot spring town led by heralds and children.
The hot spring water is then offered to the spirit of Kobo-Daishi at the main hall of Shuzenji Temple.
The fishing season for sweetfish in the Kano River starts in late May, and it draws many fishermen.
Spring Cycle Carnival at Cycle Sports Center (Late March)
Hosenji Temple Weeping Cherry Tree Festival (Late March to early April), Shuzenji Temple Spring Buddhist Lantern Festival (April 20th)
Amagi rhododendron blooms (May to June)
From late May to early June, you can enjoy the fantastic flight of the fireflies in the quiet evenings of Akagaeru Park in Shuzenji.
Every Friday and Saturday from late May to early July, you can experience Flying Fish Catching in Toi.
In August, summer festivals and fireworks festivals are held all around the city, including Shuzenji Station Festival, Toi Summer Festival, and Kobo-Daishi Dedication Fireworks Festival.
The beach of Toi opens for swimming in July.
Toi White Loquat Picking (early June), Shuzenji Hot Spring Town Iris Festival (middle of June)
Shuzenji Yoriie Festival (middle of July)
Yagisawa (Toi District) Sunflower fields bloom (early to mid August)
Shuzenji is home to the finest Japanese maple groves in Izu.
From the middle of November to early December, it is shrouded in vivid autumn colors.
You can see beautiful autumn colors and illumination at the Shuzenji Nature Park, Shuzenji Temple Gardens, the Katsura River, and Shuzenji Niji no Sato.
Amagi is also famous for its autumn colors.
The fishing season starts for rock lobsters in September and eriocheir crabs in October, so you can fully enjoy autumn flavors.
Toi Flying Fish Catching (early to mid September)
Shuzenji Temple Chrysanthemum decoration (early October to mid November)
Shuzenji Niji no Sato Mushroom Festival (November 3rd)
From early January to mid February, the early blooming Toi cherry trees show their deep pink flowers, and the Toi Cherry Tree Festival is held at Toi Gold Mine, Matsubara Park, and Lover's Cape.
In mid February to mid March, 1,500 plum trees bloom on the slopes of the mountain at Tsukigase Bairin, the largest plum orchard in Izu, and there are events to sell local specialty products.
A plum festival is also held at Shuzenji Plum Grove.
Lover's Cape, Christmas events for lovers (December 24th)
Dondon-yaki (fire festival) made at various sites around the city (early to mid January)
Shuzenji Setsubun Festival (February 3rd), Hina Doll Festival and Shuzenji Temple Garden Special Viewing (middle of February to early March)