IZU GEO TRAIL – A walking tour through a spectacular Geological Park in the fascinating Izu Peninsula

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A walking tour through a spectacular Geological Park in the fascinating Izu Peninsula


Izu was created by the tectonic forces that still shape the Japanese islands. Volcanic submarine activity some 20 million years ago wrought a landmass that was forced into collision with Honshu, Japan’s main island, as the Philippine Sea Plate pushed against the Eurasian Plate – a process which continues to this day.

The landscape of this former island, now the Izu Peninsula, is redolent of Earth’s most primeval forces, bubbling with seismic and geothermal activity, peppered with volcanoes and carved by both river and sea. Izu has constantly been renewed and remoulded, and the result is a fascinating geological treasure trove for us to explore and enjoy.

The Izu Geo Trail ventures to some of the most scenic areas of the Izu Peninsula and includes, on clear days, spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. We meet in Tokyo and travel by train to Izu Kogen, where we transfer to a dedicated vehicle which we use for much of our journey, before arriving in Shuzenji, where the tour finishes. This is a gentle walking tour with a moderate average walking distance of 6-12km (3.7-7.5 miles) each day. The route is mostly on uneven forest and mountain trails including steeper climbs and descents, however the pace is easy to moderate and there is no rush to negotiate any climb.

Price: From JPY372,000 (JPY = Japanese Yen) per person, for a fully guided 7-day, 6-night tour including local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point, accommodation for 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 6 evening meals, baggage transfers and entrance fees. Not included are flights, 1 lunch and drinks.

Walk Japan organises both scheduled and private Izu Geo Trail Tours.

This Level 3 tour is suitable for anyone who can walk for three hours in comfort. Available in from January to May and November to December.

Detailed information about the Izu Geo Trail Tour can be found on Walk Japan’s website.


National Geographic has described Walk Japan as “one of the 200 Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”. The company leads the way in providing the most fulfilling and enjoyable tours available in Japan. Walk Japan has an unrivalled range of regular, scheduled tours for Japan and is researching more for the future. It also creates and runs private, custom tours tailored to customers’ particular interests. These include private tours for families, friends, societies, companies and schools.

Founded in 1992 by two academics, Dr. Thomas Stanley and Prof. Richard Irving, the company has since grown considerably both in its number of tours and customers to become the acknowledged leader of specialised tours that immerses visitors in Japanese society and culture; provides great insights into the nation and its people; and often explores little-visited, beautiful and diverse regions of the nation.

Walk Japan operates in a way that recognises the important role and responsibilities that businesses have in society. This includes being committed to and supportive of the communities in which the company operates, ensuring that its tours have a positive impact in these areas. Wherever possible Walk Japan uses and supports family-run, local businesses. In 2016, Walk Japan’s CEO Paul Christie was made a Cool Japan Ambassador by the Japanese Government.

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